There was a collective sigh of relief amongst Arsenal fans after it was announced on Wednesday that Bukayo Saka has signed a new long-term deal with the club.
The teenager has been one of the bright spots during an otherwise indifferent season, providing 11 assists and 3 goals in his breakthrough campaign at the Emirates. He has also shown his versatility, playing as a winger, a full-back, a wing back, and, most recently, being deployed in midfield by his manager Mikel Arteta.
With Saka about to enter the last year of his contract in North London, there were fears that the club could lose a player who has been with their academy system since the age of eight, with Premier League rivals, including Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as top clubs in Europe all sniffing round the 18 year old.
However, after months of speculation and rumour, it has now been confirmed that he has committed his immediate future to the club, much to the pleasure of Arteta who said “I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals”.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.