Date:30th June 2022 at 7:30pm
Written by:

Arsenal’s progress and ambition in this summer window may convince Bukayo Saka to sign a new deal at the Emirates stadium, according to 90Min journalist Harry Symeou.

THE LOWDOWN: GREAT WINDOW SO FAR

The Gunners have already got their transfer window off to a flying start, securing moves for Brazilian wonderkid Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira from FC Porto for £34m and are set to formally announce the capture of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, whilst also completing a deal to sign US goalkeeper Matt Turner from New England Revolution.

Arsenal are also trying to work on a deal to Raphinha to the Emirates as well as Lisandro Martinez from Ajax, issuing a message to the Premier League and more importantly, appeasing their fans that they may business this summer, as Mikel Arteta aims to challenge once again for a coveted Champions League spot next term.

Such ambition in the market may not only appease the fans, but also the key players in the squad, not least Bukayo Saka and Symeou states that the player’s reps are watching how the window unfolds.

THE LATEST: WATCHING THE WINDOW

Speaking to 90min’s Talking Transfers podcast, he said:

“We’ve heard over the last few days that the talks with William Saliba over a new contract are moving quite well.

“We’ve also been told that Saka’s people are watching the window and have been quite pleased by what they’ve seen and could potentially sit down with Arsenal sooner rather than later as well.”

THE VERDICT: CONTINUE PROGRESS

The 20-year-old has developed into a pivotal first-teamer under Mikel Arteta and it is crucial the Gunners continue to show progress in the market to match the player’s lofty ambitions.

The £58.5m-rated wonderkid came through the Hale End academy and has now made 130 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals and grabbing 28 assists.

With the Gunners missing out on Champions League football for next season, there is a belief that the 20-year-old may put a potential new deal on the back burner, and he has previously made no secret of his desire to grace Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

“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,” Saka told Sky Sports in February.

If the north London outfit seek to get back into the European big time, then they must sign players who can lead them there, so big name stars like Saka can commit long-term to the project.

So far it’s been promising for Arteta with his three new captures but that must continue heading into the next few weeks of the window.

AND in other news, Arsenal make improved offer for “bulldog-like” 24 y/o versatile destroyer…