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Arsenal ready to open contract talks with young star, but decision could hinge on Champions League football


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Arsenal are ready to open conversations with young star Bukayo Saka over a potential new contract at the Emirates, manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Molineux to take on Wolves, the Arsenal boss revealed that they are going to begin talks with Saka, his agent and his family, as they look to tie him down to a long term deal.

‘It is a conversation we are going to have with the player, then his agent, his family — [talks] which are going to be extremely important as well — so everybody is on board’, the Spaniard revealed.

“Obviously, our desire is to keep Bukayo as long as possible, because we are really happy. He is part of our club, our DNA, he is growing, he is maturing.’

‘His importance in the team is unquestionable and we want to keep our best talent, that’s for sure.’

How important is it?

Saka will have just two years left on his current Arsenal contract come the summer, meaning that they will need to either look to move him on or tie him down to new deal in order to get the most value out of their talent.

For many Arsenal fans, the former is unthinkable, with Saka having become the poster boy of the new-look Arsenal side under Arteta, and seemingly a shoo-in for the World Cup squad in November.

But, according to the Daily Mail, any talks could hinge on Arsenal getting Champions League football next season, allowing Saka to shine on the highest stage in the same way that English talents at his age are already.

Should they make the top 4 come the end of the season, Saka may stay in Arsenal colours for a long time to come.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 West Ham United 24 11 40
5 Manchester United 23 6 39
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 21 -13 19
17 Newcastle United 22 -20 18
18 Norwich City 22 -32 16
19 Watford FC 22 -18 15
20 Burnley FC 20 -11 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Ward Prowse, James Southampton FC 6

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