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Mikel Arteta confident Saka contract extension will be done ‘very shortly’

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has said that he is positive Bukayo Saka will sign a new deal with the club very shortly.

Speaking ahead of the Southampton game, Arteta said:

“I am very positive that everything is going to be done with Bukayo very shortly. The communications between the club, agents & the family has been going on for months & is very fluent.”

“The player & family knows how much trust I have in him. I think he is just showing that every week & his consistency level is getting better & better.”

“I’m so excited with the young players that we have. They just need the right environment around them to explode and Bukayo is doing that even in difficult circumstances which is even more merit for him.”

Bukayo Saka has one year remaining on his contract with the Gunners and Arsenal are keen for him to sign a new deal and extend his stay at the club. The 18 year old is an Arsenal academy graduate and has had a breakthrough season this year. He has scored three goals and provided ten assists in 31 appearances across all competitions in the current campaign. He has provided more assists than any other Arsenal player this season. 

Saka made his debut for the Arsenal first team in November 2018 against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa league.

In Arteta’s first three months at the club, the 18 year old was played at left back due to Kieran Tierney being out injured. He impressed as a left back and consistently improved in the role. 

Tierney is now back in the team and one would expect Saka to return to being an option out wide for the Gunners. He did start on the right wing against Manchester City in Arsenal’s first game back but played in left central midfield in the club’s next game against Brighton and was hugely impressive. Saka’s versatility is one of his strongest assets and that’s saying a lot because he has so much to his game. 

The update from Arteta that he is close to signing an extension at Arsenal will come as a relief to Gooners everywhere. 

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