Pundit Alan Hutton believes winger Bukayo Saka’s imminent pay rise should not cause problems at Arsenal.
THE LOWDOWN: AN IMPORTANT FIGURE
Since Bukayo Saka broke into the first team in 2019 under Unai Emery, he has never looked back since then. He has been one of the side’s most important players and got rewarded with a new deal two years ago,
Last season did not end in the best possible way for the Gunners as they missed out on the Champions League ticket, but still got compensated with a return to Europe after a year out. One of the shining lights of the campaign was Saka, who scored 11 goals and provided seven assists.
Ultimately, his performances were enough to see him named the Arsenal Player of the Season for the second year in a row. With just two years left on it before his contract expires, talks have begun over a possible renewal in the coming weeks.
THE LATEST: NEW DEAL TALKS
Alan Hutton insists Arsenal players will have no issues with Bukayo Saka getting a bumper new deal from the club because he is worth it.
He said to Football Insider: “I can only go off my experiences and it was nothing that ever bothered me or anybody round about me.
“Don’t get me wrong if it was somebody who wasn’t playing, who was sitting in the stands and threw his toys out the pram then, of course, you’re going to be annoyed with it.
“Saka is someone who loves playing football, always plays with a smile on his face, always gives 110 percent. He’s scoring goals, he’s assisting, he’s playing at a high level so why would you begrudge somebody that if they deserve it. Ultimately they’re making you and your team better so you have no reason to complain.”
THE VERDICT: WELL-DESERVED PAY-RISE
In the Emirates Cup against Sevilla some weeks back, he scored two goals and the England international was involved in Arsenal’s second goal at Palace last Friday. Time and time again, Saka has shown his importance to the team and if he is even made Arsenal’s highest earner, it is well deserved.
In terms of availability, Saka featured in all 38 Premier League games last season and he was often the brightest spark for the team. The 20-year-old keeps getting better and some people seem to forget how young he is.
Hopefully, his efforts and that of his teammates will help Arsenal make a return to the Champions League this season.