Mikel Arteta sends message to Bukayo Saka amid contract stand-off

Arsenal's Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta (R) gestures with Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka at the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on June 25, 2020.
Arteta is confident Saka will stay (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Mikel Arteta has told Bukayo Saka he is ‘adored’ by his Arsenal team-mates and that his manager ‘has total belief in him’ as he continues to delay signing a new deal.

Saka, 18, is out of contract at the end of next season, with talks ongoing between the two parties.

Negotiations have been going on throughout 2020 without finding a resolution, with Saka’s stock rising after becoming a first-team regular under Arteta.

While the Arsenal manager has said previously that he’s ‘confident’ about Saka committing his future to the Emirates, he sent a message to the youngster to reiterate his standing at the club.

‘It’s in his hands,’ the Arsenal manager said after their win over Southampton.

‘He has a manager who has total belief in him and team-mates who adore him.

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Saka has become a regular under Arteta (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

‘You can put him in different positions and he picks it up really quickly. He could have produced three goals today easily.’

Arteta provided an update on the situation on Wednesday, saying: ‘I am very positive that everything is going to be done with Bukayo very shortly.

‘The communications between the club, agents & the family has been going on for months & is very fluent.’

Fellow Arsenal youngsters Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock were on the scoresheet against the Saints, in what was Arsenal’s first win since the Premier League season resumed.

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