MIKEL ARTETA is hopeful Bukayo Saka can be tied down to a new Arsenal contract after the starlet’s impressive start to the season.
The Gunners academy product, 18, has entered the final 18 months of his current £3,000-a-week deal.
Saka broke into the Arsenal senior side last season under Unai Emery and made four appearances.
But he has been even more involved this term with 23 appearances for the first team under his belt.
And Arteta is confident Emirates chiefs will reward Saka with a new contract when the time is right.
He said: “I am really happy with how they [young players] are developing.
“Part of that developing is to improve the contract and to tie them to the club. But that has to follow a natural process.
“We have Edu, we have Raul [Sanllehi], Vinai [Venkatesham] and Huss [Fahmy] who are in charge of that and I am sure we will do the right thing when players deserve to improve and extend their contracts.”
Saka has shown his worth with his versatility, proving effective on the left wing or filling in at left-back for the injured Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.
And the wideman’s performances have caught the attention of Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, according to the Daily Mail.
Scottish full-back Tierney has missed the last nine league games through a shoulder injury, but the 22-year-old is back training again.
Arteta said: “He is doing very good progress but we need to wait for the bone and the attachment to the tendon to heal before he can make any contact.
“He has been training, his work ethic is incredible, I have been really impressed with him so hopefully we can get him back soon but we need to be a little bit patient with him.
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