Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Bukayo Saka amid Manchester United and Liverpool links

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka is attracting interest from Man Utd and Liverpool
Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka is attracting interest from Man Utd and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to tie Bukayo Saka down to a long-term contract as the teenage sensation continues to be linked with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool.

Saka made his Arsenal debut last season under former Gunners boss Unai Emery and has already played 24 games for his boyhood club this term.

The 18-year-old has received rave reviews for his performances over the past month or so and Arsenal legend Parlour says he was ‘excellent’ in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United.

But the former Gunners star is concerned about Saka’s future, with Arsenal struggling to tie him down to a new deal and Manchester United and Liverpool both circling.

Reflecting on Arsenal’s emphatic victory over Newcastle and the Gunners’ form under Mikel Arteta, Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘He [Nketiah] struggled a bit first half – holding the ball up, and that’s what Lacazette does so well.

‘He holds the ball up and brings other players into play, while Eddie was a little bit of a struggle first half. Second half, he did much better, he had a couple of opportunities.

‘That is where managers have to make big decisions. At least he is showing that he will give the youngsters a go.

‘Saka was excellent again on the left-hand side, he had another really good game. I think he has to get tied down now on a new contract. I think they are trying to organise it at the moment.

‘At the moment Arsenal are 10th in the table, which isn’t good enough, but Lacazette’s goal and how the players celebrated, they knew he needed that.

‘There are a lot of changes that need to be made at Arsenal but there is a feel-good factor again.

‘I think the supporters are getting behind the team and suddenly they are thinking: next season, could we really have a go?

‘I think fifth place is still wide open for quite a few clubs, so big game Sunday against Everton.’

Arsenal are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with 12 league matches of the 2019-20 season remaining.

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