Saka’s new salary revealed with Arsenal announcement imminent; Woods defends huge wages

Joe Williams
Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka is hugged by Mikel Arteta

A report has suggested that Arsenal will announced Bukayo Saka’s new contract imminently after his stunning season for the Gunners.

Saka has been in sensational form for Mikel Arteta’s side this term with the England international contributing 12 goals and ten assists in 28 Premier League matches.

The 21-year-old is one of the key reasons for Arsenal’s march to the summit of the league with the Gunners now eight points ahead of second-placed Manchester City but Pep Guardiola’s men have one game in hand.

His contract situation has been worrying some fans with Saka’s deal at Arsenal expiring in the summer of 2024 with no new contract officially announced.

There had been reports of interest from a number of clubs, such as Liverpool and Manchester City, understood to be interested in Saka but there now seems little doubt that he will sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

And the Daily Mail now hints that an announcement from Arsenal is imminent by claiming Saka ‘will earn close to £15million a season when he finally signs his new contract with Arsenal’.

There were indications Arsenal would pay Saka around £10m per season but ‘the true value of his deal – inclusive of bonuses and other attached payments – is closer to £15m, taking his weekly wage to around £300,000-per-week’.

Despite those rumours that he could leave for Man City or another club, Saka ‘has privately made clear that he wants to stay in north London having been convinced of the club’s direction under Arteta’.

Saka will become ‘the best paid player at the club and one of the biggest earners in Arsenal’s history’ and talkSPORT presenter Laura Woods thinks he deserves it.

Woods said: “Personally, as an Arsenal fan… we had [Liverpool legend] John Barnes on yesterday and he mentioned the word ‘consistency’ quite a lot.

“Saka has been nothing short of spectacularly consistent – and consistently spectacular – all season.

“It’s well deserved. I understand a little bit of trepidation with giving a massive contract to a 21-year-old and the way Arsenal have been burned in the past.

“We signed Aubameyang up to a similar deal in 2020 and his form fell off a cliff. He ended up in numerous bits of trouble.

“You can go back to Ozil being given £350,000-a-week to sit in the stands with an umbrella.

“Those two are high-profile cases, but I like to think this is a very different player and very different personality, made of some real stern stuff.

“He came back from Euros, after missing that penalty, and kicked on. I understand it’s a lot of money, but that’s football.

“If you didn’t pay him that at Arsenal, he’d get it somewhere else.”

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