Mikel Arteta says all parties are “aligned” on Arsenal star Bukayo Saka’s future and he wants a new contract to be put on paper soon.
The winger is a crucial figure in Arteta’s Gunners rebuild and the north London club are keen to tie him to new terms.
Saka’s current contract expires in the summer of 2024 and rival clubs have understandably been eyeing the player’s situation given his outstanding form.
The 20-year-old was one of them Arsenal’s most consistent player in recent seasons and finished the 2021/22 Premier League season as top scorer with 11 goals.
Speaking on Saka’s contract situation on Friday, Arteta said: “I’m very confident that we as a club and Bukayo, his family and his agent are all very aligned with what we want to achieve and now it’s about putting that on a piece of paper bring to.
“I want that to be done because I don’t want the player or anyone to be distracted in the middle of the season. But these things take time and they have to go through the right process.’
One player whose future is being speculated on is the £72million club record-breaking Nicolas Pepe.
The 27-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations since joining Arsenal from Lille in 2019.
Pepe has been linked with a move to the likes of Nice but Arteta remained tense about the future of the winger and other members of the squad, who have struggled for minutes.
“What we can communicate, we do whenever it’s the right moment,” Arteta said when asked about Pepe.
“We discussed having a big squad and allowing some players to leave. Anything can happen until the end of the window.’
Speaking to Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Spanish boss said: “We address these things personally.”
And in regards to updates on Hector Bellerin, Arteta added: “Not at the moment. No update and it’s like the other situations at the moment.’
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