‘Improved deal’ discussed for Arsenal starlet amid interest from Liverpool

Date published: Monday 21st March 2022 2:51 - Lewis Oldham

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka

According to reports, an ‘initial conversation’ has taken place between Arsenal and Bukayo Saka over a new ‘improved deal’ for the Englishman.

Jurgen Klopp is said to be an admirer of the Arsenal youngster. 

It is pretty clear why as Saka has been a massive help to the Gunners over the past couple of seasons.

The Mailbox is sick of ‘toxic nonsense’ like Gerrard’s comments on Saka

Arsenal currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League. Saka scored on Saturday as they beat Aston Villa 2-0.

This was his ninth league goal of the season. Overall he has been involved in 15 goals across all competitions.

The Athletic have revealed that talks have started between Arsenal and Saka over an ‘improved deal’.

It is said that ‘there is an obvious wish to settle his future as quickly as possible’. The two parties are expected to hold ‘formal talks’ soon and an ‘offer will follow’.

Elsewhere, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has named a quintet of current Gunners stars who have grown in character:

”Long may it continue. We’re going to need more goals from other places, as well, but you have to mention the defence.

“Bernd Leno did fantastically well when he came [into the team] today.

“Villa, obviously, didn’t put him under as much pressure as I thought they would. But defensively, midfield – everything was so solid. Arsenal winning games away from home like that is brilliant to see, it’s really good to see.”

Mikel Arteta has built a young, vibrant side at Arsenal this season but they have been criticised over their lack of leaders in the squad.

Wright has hit back at the critics and named five of the current squad who have impressed him this season.

“A lot of pundits have been very joyous in talking about Arsenal and how weak they are, [having] no leaders. Look at them now… this Arsenal team are a young side, we’re starting to see characters grow in the side.

“We’re starting to see people like Ben White, Gabriel [Magalhaes], Kieran Tierney, [Martin] Odegaard, Thomas Partey. We’re talking about five, six, seven, eight players are getting an eight out of 10 every week. That’s what you have to do.

“And then it’s up to the owners and the manager and the recruitment to bolt on the kind of players that are going to fit in the squad and continue to help them improve.”

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