In recent years Arsenal has been one of the biggest spending clubs in world football. Mikael Arteta was promised funds to build his team in exactly the way he wanted. A focus on youth while clearing out high-earning veterans was initially criticised, but as Arsenal top the English Premier League at Christmas this season that criticism has disappeared. Arsenal is now one of the youngest and most exciting teams in the country while also not paying comparable wages to the likes of the Manchester clubs. This, however, can never last in the modern game and one Arsenal star will need to have his wages vastly increased to stay at the club for the foreseeable future.
Bukayo Saka is reportedly locked in negotiations with The Gunnars as we approach the January transfer window. Saka is currently tied down until 2024 meaning that if Arsenal cannot come to an agreement they will likely have to sell the Englishman to a rival club in the next year to not risk losing the player for a knockdown price. One thing that will frighten Arsenal fans is that Manchester City is interested in making a move for Saka should the player become available. It would make Saka the latest in a line of excellent Arsenal players to make the move to Manchester’s blue side. The fact that City may be hovering will surely be all the motivation Arsenal need to loosen the purse strings and get this deal done.
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Saka has become one of Arsenal’s most important players at just 21 years of age. Last season the winger contributed 11 goals and 7 assists in the Premier League playing a part in all 38 of Arsenal’s Premier League games. This season Saka’s form has been equally impressive with 4 goals and 6 assists in 14 Premier League appearances. Any Arsenal fan will tell you that from around 2008 to 2020 the club seemed to have a consistent injury crisis that wouldn’t go away even as the personnel would change. Having a player that is always fit and contributes regularly is gold dust to a club that has had such issues over the years.
If those numbers were not enough to show the value of Saka then his stunning performance against Iran in England’s World Cup opener against Iran where surely tip the scale on the young star.
The good news for Arsenal is that Saka is expected to put pen to paper on a new Arsenal deal that will see him treble his current income to receive a weekly wage of £200,000. This will make Saka one of the club’s top earners and see the player recognized as one of The Gunners star men. Boss Mikael Artera is confident that Saka will remain an Arsenal player for the foreseeable future saying recently “I am very confident that we as a club and Bukayo, his family, his agent, everybody, we are very much aligned in what we want to achieve.
Will Arsenal be able to hold on to their home grown star? Or will Manchester City swoop in on Arsenal as they have so many times before?
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