A matter of time before Bukayo Saka signs new Arsenal contract, says Mikel Arteta

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Close: Mikel Arteta has hinted Bukayo Saka could soon sign a new contract at Arsenal  (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Close: Mikel Arteta has hinted Bukayo Saka could soon sign a new contract at Arsenal (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has hinted Bukayo Saka could soon sign a new contract with Arsenal.

Since making his debut in 2019, the 20-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting young attackers, earning a call-up to the England squad and establishing himself in Gareth Southgate’s set-up.

Despite his growing importance, however, Saka has not signed fresh terms with the club since his initial breakthrough in 2020 and has been linked with moves to both Liverpool and Manchester City.

Currently, the England international’s contract will expire in the summer of 2024, creating a potentially nightmare scenario for a club who have lost their leading talents on cheaper deals over the years.

Should the situation drag on any longer, one of the continent’s leading forwards will enter the final year of his contract, and will surely not be short of offers.

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Still, speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton in Baltimore in the early hours of Sunday morning, Arteta moved to assure supporters talks with Saka over a new contract were on the right track.

“We will try and we both have the same intention and it’s a matter of time,’” Arteta told reporters.

Next up for Arsenal on their US tour is a meeting with Orlando City in Florida during the early hours of Thursday morning.

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