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Mikel Arteta provides fresh update on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka contract plans

Mikel Arteta has given a fresh update on Bukayo Saka’s contract situation at Arsenal ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester City.

The 18-year-old has been key for the Gunners this season, claiming 10 assists while playing on both wings and more recently filling in at left-back.

In the final 18 months of his current deal – which expires at the end of next season – Saka has been linked to both Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks by the Mail.

Saka currently earns around £3,000-per-week in North London and Arteta has insisted that the club are doing all they can to secure the youngster’s future lies with them.

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“The club is doing what it has to do and holding conversations. Hopefully we’ll get a result.” the head coach said in his pre-match press conference.

Despite impressing so much at left-back, Saka will soon have more competition for his place in the side with Kieran Tierney back in full training.

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The Scot hasn’t made a matchday squad since his injury against West Ham in December but Arteta is ready to bring him back into the squad soon. He also addressed the calls for Saka to receive an England call-up due to his form.

“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,” Arteta said on March 6 .

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“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.”

With Arteta being head coach, his focus will largely be on what happens on the pitch for Arsenal. As this isn’t the first time he has been asked about Saka’s contract, he has outlined how the club will try to extend it.

“I’m really happy with how they (the young players) are developing,” the Spaniard told reporters on February 14 .

“Part of their development is to improve their contract and tie them to the club but I have to follow a natural process.

“We have Raul (Sanllehi), we have Edu (Gaspar), Vinai (Venkatesham) and Huss (Fahmy) who are in charge of that and I’m sure we will do the right thing when players deserve improved contracts.”