Bukayo Saka’s situation; Mikel Arteta delivers an update on Saka’s situation, with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2023.
Saka is largely regarded as one of English football’s most intriguing young attacking talents, and his recent exploits have earned him a lot of plaudits.
The 20-year-old has six goals and four assists in 22 Premier League appearances this season, and has been a regular in Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side as they fight for a top-four finish.
Saka’s future at Arsenal has become something of a discussion point in recent weeks as his contract expires.
His current contract is set to expire at the end of next season, and rumors in the British press claim that both Liverpool FC and Manchester City are interested in signing him if Arsenal fails to qualify for the Champions League.
However, Arsenal boss Arteta spoke on Bukayo Saka’s situation reiterating the club’s stance as they look to keep hold of one of their prized assets beyond the expiry of his contract in 2023.
Speaking in an interview quoted by The Daily Express, Arteta said:
“Obviously our desire is to keep Bukayo as long as possible.
“He is part of our club, our DNA, he is growing, he is maturing. His importance in the team is unquestionable and we want to keep our best talent at the club.
“It is a conversation that we are going to have with the player, then with his agent, with his family – so everybody is on board.”
Arteta also admitted that finishing in the top four and securing qualification for next season’s Champions League could be key.
He continued: “Everything helps, because the financial position is going to be determined by how good we are, where we finish.
“That will help our sponsorship, our marketing, our ticketing sales. Where it starts is how good we do on that pitch.”
Meanwhile, Saka himself admits he harbours ambitions of playing in the Champions League, saying recently: “I think the Champions League creates so many special nights and it’s a dream for me still to experience one of them and hopefully many more of them.”