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Mikel Arteta provides update on Bukayo Saka contract talks

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Saka has burst onto the scene for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said the club will ‘do the right thing’ in ensuring the future of their young players, including starlet Bukayo Saka.

The 18-year-old’s contract has been the subject of speculation given his current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2021.

Saka is reportedly earning around £3,000-per-week, prompting fellow Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester to monitor his situation, according to the Daily Mail.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against Newcastle, Arteta said: ‘I’m really happy with how they [the young players] are developing.

‘Part of their development is to improve their contract and tie them to the club but I have to follow a natural process.’

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The Spaniard failed to provide a time frame on the negotiations, with the responsibility over contract talks falling to the club’s executives.

He added: ‘We have Raul [Sanllehi], we have Edu [Gaspar], Vinai [Venkatesham] and Huss [Fahmy] who are in charge of that and I’m sure we will do the right thing when players deserve improved contracts.’

Although naturally a winger, Saka has had to fill in at left-back with injuries to Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac, putting in some hard-working and unselfish displays.

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Those attacking instincts have come in to play even when in defence, providing three assists in all competitions for the north London club.

Tricky wide player Saka may have a tough time featuring in his natural position with the emergence of wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli.

The 18-year-old has scored 10 goals in 23 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Brazilian club Ituano in the summer.

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