Bukayo Saka has signed a new long-term deal at Arsenal until the year 2027.
The young star has come through the Arsenal youth academy and has gone on to become one of their most important players. He has been rewarded with a significant pay rise as well.
Other clubs were interested in Saka as his previous contract was set to expire next year, but Saka reportedly has full faith in Mikel Arteta’s plans for him and Arsenal.
The 21-year-old has been pivotal in Arsenal’s title charge this season, which eventually ended in failure. But Saka has scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists in the league, his best-ever figures.
Club boss Mikel Arteta told Arsenal’s website: “It’s great for the club that Bukayo has extended his contract. Retaining our best young talents is key to our continued progress and Bukayo represents such an important part of our squad now and for the future.”
The Englishman has already played 178 games for Arsenal in his young career.
Saka’s well-rounded style of play has seen Arsenal and his national side England rely on him to produce goals and assists regularly. Saka has played 26 times for the Three Lions and most recently featured heavily in the England team at the World Cup in Qatar.
When asked about the new deal, Saka said: “I’m just really happy, I’m at the right place to make the next step. It’s a beautiful club.”
When asked about the disappointment of the league title slipping away, he added: “It hurts a lot to even think about how we’ve ended this season, and to think about what could have been, but one thing I can say is since the last two, three years I’ve been playing, I’ve seen this team and the club grow and we are going in the right direction.”
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale signed a new contract last week and William Saliba is set to be the next one on the list for Arsenal. The Gunners have made sure they keep their young talent at the club as they look to go again for the Premier League title next season.