Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Bukayo Saka’s future at Arsenal, as Liverpool and Manchester United continue to be linked with the player.
Saka, whose contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021, has thrived for the Gunners in his breakthrough campaign, scoring three goals and notching an impressive nine assists in 30 games in all competitions.
And speaking ahead of their Premier League clash against Manchester City on Wednesday night, Arteta gave an update on the 18-year-old’s future.
He said: “The club is doing what it has to do and is having conversations, [and hopefully] we’ll get it resolved.”
Saka has come through the academy at The Emirates and is currently only earning around £3,000-a-week, news that has alerted the likes of Liverpool and United – who are fully aware of the player’s situation.
The youngster, who usually plays as a left-midfielder, has been deployed at left-back for much of the campaign due to injuries to the likes of Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney.
And Arteta has warned Tierney that he won’t just be able to walk back into the team at the expense of the teenager.
The Spanish boss said: “They [Saka and Tierney] have to compete, they have to challenge each other and improve.
“Whoever is best will be in the position, which is a really good thing for the team
“I think he [Saka] is doing really well with us. International level is a different level.
“It is up to the England manager to discuss whether he is ready to do that and what is he going to do with his squad.
“Whatever he decides we will support the idea and the player.”
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