Back to back wins against Southampton and Sheffield United has set the stage nicely for Arsenal ahead of their first home game since Project Restart.
The Gunners host bottom-placed Norwich City tomorrow and Mikel Arteta faced the media in his pre-match press conference.
The Arsenal boss touched on a lot of topics ahead of tomorrow’s game but the contract situations of a few key players made the headlines.
Arsenal have three players entering the final year of their contracts tomorrow
Bukayo Saka, Folarin Balogun and club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will all enter the final year of their contracts tomorrow, and Arteta touched on the club’s plans to keep hold of them.
Speaking about Saka and Balogun, Arteta said as quoted by the club’s official website: “I am not worried because I know that the club is doing their best to try to keep them. Hopefully, we can have some good news about them very soon.”
“They know my opinion on them and how much I like working on them, the intention that I have in the future with them. I see them really committed and hopefully, we can find the right agreement for both parties and move on, because I think there’s a great future ahead of us with these kids.”
The two youngsters could be integral to Arsenal’s future
Goal claimed on Monday that Arsenal were open to selling Balogun this summer after the teenager rejected their contract offer. The youngster is one of the brightest prospects in Arsenal’s academy, scoring 10 times in 16 appearances in the PL 2 this season.
Saka’ contract situation is one that Arteta has been confident about. The young attacker has been a revelation this season, and he has, at times, been Arsenal’s best player.
One player whose future Arsenal fans are not confident about is Aubameyang. The Gunners skipper is attracting a ton of attention from a few of Europe’s biggest teams.
“I don’t have any updates, sorry,” said the Arsenal boss when asked about Aubameyang’s contract situation.
It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out in the coming weeks and months. The Gunners will try to keep all three of Saka, Balogun and Aubameyang but various reasons could force them to part ways with at least one of them, if not two.