Bukayo Saka to commit long-term future to Arsenal
When it comes to certified Arsenal news, Athletic reporter David Ornstein has long been the go-to source for information.
On Wednesday morning, David Ornstein has confirmed that Bukayo Saka is ready to commit his long-term future to Arsenal.
18-year-old Saka has become a mainstay for Mikel Arteta since the Spaniard replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
Saka has played 21 times for Arsenal in the league, contributing 4 assists.
The teenager’s current deal expires in 2021, however Saka is now poised to sign a new contract. David Ornstein revealed:
Arsenal are putting the finishing touches to a new long-term contract for Bukayo Saka that will settle the future of one of Europe’s most highly-rated young players, with the club expected to make an announcement this week.
This week’s official announcement will bring a conclusion to months of negotiations between the club and Saka’s representatives.
Arsenal putting finishing touches to new long-term contract for Bukayo Saka that will settle future of brilliant academy graduate. Expected to be announced this week. Also intensifying pursuit of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey @TheAthleticUK #AFC https://t.co/uzsvNPaKGI
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 1, 2020
Gunners ‘intensify’ Thomas Partey interest
For months now, Arsenal fans have been reading reports concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
Partey is a 27-year-old Ghanaian international who operates in a defensive midfield slot. And, according to David Ornstein, Arsenal’s interest in signing the midfielder is growing:
The Athletic understands Arsenal have intensified their interest in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
(Partey) has a €50 million release clause but Arsenal will be hopeful of negotiating a lower figure.
Arsenal have a long-standing interest in Partey, who is thought to be keen on moving to the Emirates Stadium.
What else did David Ornstein say?
– Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract talks remain at a standstill.
– 18-year-old striker Folarin Balogun is set to leave Arsenal.
Arsenal vs Norwich
Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Wednesday when they host Norwich.
Norwich have the worst away record in the league, with one win and three draws from 15 matches on the road. They have managed to score just six times on their travels.
So can Arsenal claim a third consecutive win in all competitions?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was rested on Sunday in Arsenal’s FA Cup win at Sheffield United, and should return against the Canaries.
Aubameyang has gone four consecutive Premier League appearances without scoring, his longest run without a goal for the club, so he’ll be keen to add to his season’s tally of 20 goals across all competitions.
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