Saka Signs Long-term Contract With Arsenal

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Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal Football club.

Arsenal disclosed this in a press release posted on the club’s verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.

He has made an impressive impact this season and has now made 37 first-team appearances since his debut in the Europa League in November 2018.

Saka joined Arsenal when he was seven years old and after a rapid ascent through the youth ranks, he was handed his senior debut in November 2018 by Unai Emery in the Europa League.

He made four senior appearances in 2018-19 but has been a near ever-present in the current campaign, having made 33 appearances so far – scoring three goals and setting up 11.

Head coach Mikel Arteta said: “Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player. He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances. I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.”

With 11 assists this term, Bukayo is the first teenager to hit double figures in a single season for the club since Cesc Fabregas in 2006/07.

Technical director Edu Gaspar added: “This is something everyone involved wanted to happen and we are delighted that Bukayo has signed a new long-term contract. He’s making great progress and is one of a number of young players who have developed through our academy. This is so important for us as we move forward as a club.”

Saka is expected to start again on Wednesday night when the Gunners host Norwich City at Emirates Stadium.

Arteta’s side could be without Mesut Ozil (back) and David Luiz (knee) for the meeting with the Canaries, but Cedric Soares is available for selection for the first time since joining from Southampton in January.

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