‘He represents every value this club stands for’

Mikel Arteta is absolutely delighted that Bukayo Saka has signed a new contract with the club.

It was announced on Wednesday that the teenage prodigy has committed his future to us, and our head coach says it is a big moment for the player and the club.


“I am delighted, he fully deserves this new deal,” Arteta told Arsenal Digital. “I think he represents every value that this football club stands for.


“He has come through the academy, and earned his respect with hard work and accountability and you can see the progression that he is having as a player but as well as a person.


“He is a player that his team-mates really like, that I admire and he has a big hunger to become even better so I think it is the perfect thing to do right now.


“It is really important because one of the main foundations that we need at this club is people from the academy,” he added.


“So first of all thank you to everyone who has contributed all those years in the academy with Bukayo, the coaches, the director of the academy, probably Per at the end as well, because they have done a great job.


“I am not just talking about him as a player and how he has been educated, but as a man as well because as I said, he is the perfect example of what we are looking for.”

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