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Bukayo Saka will sign a new Arsenal contract, reckons former Gunners winger Perry Groves. Saka, 18, has had a fine first full season in the Arsenal first team.
The left winger has filled in admirably at left-back of late and has contributed three goals and nine assists in 25 appearances in all competitions this term.
However, the Arsenal academy graduate’s contract at Arsenal is set to expire at the end of next season.
Both Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with a move for the England Under-19 international.
Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman says it would be a “no brainer” for the Reds to sign Saka but Groves is confident he will stay in north London.
“He’s 18 years of age, he’s just got himself into the first-team, he’s playing very well, he’s playing out of position, he’s not a full-back, he’s not a left-back,” Groves said on talkSPORT.
“He’s playing in a four where a maybe wing-back would suit him [more]. He just needs to play as many games as possible.
“He’s 18, he’s not going to call the shots to Arsenal Football Club, no chance.
“He will sign a decent contract for Arsenal but let’s hope they don’t give him too much, too soon again. Put him on incentives.
“If you’re an agent, they don’t advise the players on what’s necessarily good for their careers, they want to get as much money as possible.
“But if you were around him you would be saying ‘You’re settled now, [Mikel] Arteta’s giving young players a chance, you’ve proved yourself in a position that isn’t your natural position, stay here, if your attitude’s right, you will get games’.”
McManaman wrote in his HorseRacing.net column that Saka would be worth picking up on a free transfer for Liverpool if he becomes available.
“He looks like a really good player, but he’s incredibly young,” McManaman wrote.
“If there are contract issues and he ever becomes available on a free transfer then that’s a no brainer because you’re taking someone on a free contract who’s young and has a lot of potential.
“If he does join Liverpool then he’s got a long wait and Liverpool already have a couple of young left-backs waiting in the wings who we’ve seen in the FA Cup this year, who would probably be on a par with Bukayo Saka at this moment in time.
“It all depends on numerous things such as economics and whether it’s a deal that Liverpool thinks is worth doing.
“They may think that it’s a deal not necessarily in need, but they may do it anyway.”