While much has been made of the way Mesut Ozil, David Luiz, Granit Xhaka and co have been re-energised since the appointment of a former club captain at the Emirates, an 18-year-old who only made his first-team debut a matter of months ago has been nothing short of a revelation.
Saka was asked to fill in at left-back due to the injury-enforced absence of Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac but the teenager has made an unfamiliar position his own in recent weeks, producing his eighth assist of the season with a brilliant nutmeg and cross in Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.
The electrifying performances of a man Martin Keown has likened to Gareth Bale have not gone unnoticed, with Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United circling.
So it is no surprise that Arsenal are looking to tie Saka down to a new long-term contract as soon as possible. His deal expires in 2021 but, according to The Sun, Arsenal are set to offer him fresh terms worth £30,000-a-week – a ten-time increase on his current wage.
Saka has shown no interest in turning his back on the team who recently handed him his big break, however, and the England U19 international will know that he has a bright future under Arteta, a coach who looks determined to bring through the next generation in North London.
No player in Arsenal’s squad has produced as many assists as Saka this season.
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