Ramsdale sends message to Arsenal fans over Saka’s contract situation
Aaron Ramsdale doesn’t think Arsenal fans should worry about Bukayo Saka’s future and is backing his team-mate to sign a new contract.
The England international has around 16 months left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium with Saka and the Gunners yet to agree new terms.
Saka has been in brilliant form all season and was again in top form as the Gunners beat Everton 4-0 in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
The 21-year-old grabbed a goal and an assist to take his total for the season to 10 goals and nine assists in 25 Premier League matches.
Saka, who is reportedly attracting interest from Man City, came through the Arsenal youth academy and Ramsdale has no doubts that he will commit his future to the club.
“I think if he had one week left I wouldn’t be worried about him being here,” Ramsdale said.
“If he had until the end of the season I would still see him here on the first day of pre-season. I’m fairly relaxed with Bukayo, let him crack on with his team and the club sort it out and then we move forward.
“It is obviously not affecting him, that is why he is not rushing into anything and when it does settle, we know we have him for longer than we do at the minute.
“It will be a boost to the club but as I said he has still got 18 months, two and a half years on his contract anyway, so I think it will be more of a boost for him, knowing the club have a lot of faith in him. Bukayo is an Arsenal player and will be for a long time.”
Arsenal moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League with the win against Everton on Wednesday and now have a brilliant chance of lifting their first Premier League title in 20 years.
Ramsdale admits it was tough missing out on a top-four place to Tottenham last season and insists that pain is driving them on this term.
“Obviously I think what’s driving us on as well though is the scars of last year.
“No one has forgotten about that and what’s happened, so that’s obviously a big driving force in this team.
“But we have experienced players who have been there and done it at multiple different Premier Leagues, Carabao Cups, FA Cups, European Championships. So we’ve been there and done it – some of the players – and others are 20, 21, 22 playing the best football of their career and carrying this football team forward.”
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