Bukayo Saka has given a clear indication that he’s close to signing a new contract at Arsenal by suggesting he shares Mikel Arteta’s confidence that a deal will be done.
The England international’s current contract, signed in 2020, is set to run until 2024 but the Gunners want to add at least two years to fend off interest from rivals. It’s expected the 20-year-old will become one of the club’s highest earners in the process.
Quizzed on the negotiations a couple of weeks ago, Arteta said: “I’m very confident that we as a club, Bukayo, his family, his agent, everybody, we are very much aligned with what we want to achieve. Now it’s about putting it on a piece of paper.”
When his manager’s words were relayed to him ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Aston Villa, Saka replied: “Yes, I share his confidence”.
He added: “I feel like the manager’s always there for me. He knows when to speak to me, it’s not too much but it’s not too little and the different bits of advice he gives me are special and it makes such a difference.
“I really feel at home here. I really feel the love from my teammates, my coaches and the fans as well. I really feel loved here.”
Since breaking into the first team during Unai Emery’s tenure, Saka has been nothing short of outstanding scoring 23 goals and making 30 assists in 135 appearances. Along the way, he’s been voted Arsenal’s player of the year.
He is the poster boy of Mikel Arteta’s project and getting him to commit will be a big W for the manager at a time when the feel-good factor is coursing through the club.