On Tuesday it was reported that Premier League champions Man City increased their interest in Saka after Arsenal failed to secure Champions League football.
Mikel Arteta’s side were on course to finish in the top four for most of the season but suffered a poor finish to the season to fall behind north London rivals Tottenham.
Manchester City are longtime admirers of 20-year-old striker Saka and have reportedly expressed interest in signing him despite the impending arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Saka as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the departure of Sadio Mane and the potential departure of Mohamed Salah.
But former Arsenal star Walcott believes Saka should remain at the Emirates and continue to play a key role in the “transition period” under Arteta.
“Well there’s obviously a transition period at Arsenal that Mikel is a part of and Saka is a big part of that as well,” Walcott told talkSPORT.
“The younger generation of players at Arsenal are coming through, I feel the club need to hold on to him, it’s that simple.
“Of course, when Manchester City knock on the door, it’s so difficult for any player to really refuse.
“He’s very young but I feel like he likes the London area at Arsenal, the fans have been fantastic, and at the Emirates, one of the best stadiums I’ve ever played at.
“He has great support and I will be intrigued. My heart says he’ll be at Arsenal next season and after that we’ll see.
“He has to understand that playing opportunities will be limited at Manchester City. He’s more likely to win things, of course, but that doesn’t mean Arsenal won’t win things.
“I think they’re in that phase, they’re slowly starting to get there. Considering how things went, they would have finished fifth at the start of the season.
“I’m confident he’ll be at Arsenal next season, I’m pretty sure of that.”
Rangers legend Ally McCoist has also urged Saka to resist the temptation to leave Arsenal, warning the youngster is unlikely to get regular minutes under Pep Guardiola at City.
“You’d think he’d be guaranteed to play at Arsenal every week, while going from a big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a big pond if he went to City,” McCoist said.
“The rotation system they have every week, he wouldn’t always play, at Arsenal he’s one of the big bosses.
“He would have more chances to win at City but that doesn’t mean Arsenal won’t win anything, that’s certainly not the case. The offer would turn most boys’ heads, of course it would.’
Saka has scored 23 goals in 131 games for Arsenal and four goals in 15 caps for England. Last month he was nominated for the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year Awards.
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