Mikel Arteta says he expects Arsenal to tie down Bukayo Saka to a new deal amid reported interest from Manchester United and Liverpool. Saka made his debut for Arsenal last season but it’s this year where he has really made an impact for the first team.
The 18-year-old has played on the left-wing and in recent weeks deputised impressively at left-back.
Saka is a product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy and highly regarded with the club.
But his sudden impact in the first-team has been somewhat of a surprise and his progression has caught the club off guard.
As a result, his current deal ends in 2021 and with 18 months left, rival teams are said to keeping their eye on the situation.
Arteta has made no secret of his admiration for Saka and youngster has been similarily effusive about the coach.
And the Spaniard says it is now up to the Arsenal board to tie Saka and other young players to new long-term deals.
“I’m really happy with how they are developing,” he said.
“Part of that development is to improve their contract and tie them to the club.
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“But I have to follow a natural process. We have Edu, Raul, Vinai and Huss who are in charge of that.
“And I’m sure we will do the right thing when players deserve to improve and extend their contract.”
Arsenal host Newcastle on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League, aiming to make up some ground in the race for Champions League football next season.
But the Magpies will be without Andy Carroll, who is struggling to recover from a hip injury.
Manager Steve Bruce said: “It’s disappointing and frustrating for us all because his ankle was the main concern for everybody at the start of the season.
“He jumped for a ball against Everton a few weeks ago and we’ve not been able to get him right and just when we think we’ve turned the corner with it unfortunately he’s suffered a setback.
“So it’s frustrating for him I’m sure and for all of us but we’ll just have to try and get him right as best we can.
“He has to stay positive of course which is frustrating for him because he was just getting himself to a level where we all want him to be again.”
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