Arsenal ‘optimistic’ over contract talks for duo amid title push

The Gunners are two points clear at the top of the Premier League

Arsenal continue to remain ‘optimistic’ over agreeing a new contract for Bukayo Saka in the coming months, as the 21-year-old fires them towards a first Premier League title since 2004.

Saka scored his 9th goal of the season against Aston Villa as Arsenal came from behind twice to win 4-2 at Villa Park, and has become a talisman for Mikel Arteta’s table-topping side, with a further 8 assists to his name as he seems set for his best ever Premier League return.

But his contract runs out at the end of next season, and though talks are ongoing, there have been few updates on the situation. Fellow young winger penned a new deal at Arsenal last month, but Saka’s situation remains unclear.

According to the London Evening Standard, however, Arsenal fans have little to worry about, as ‘Arsenal remain optimistic an agreement can be found’. Better still, they add that ‘there is a belief at Arsenal that Saka can develop into one of the best players in the world and he is viewed as a vital part of the club’s future’, with the attacker already one of the best players in the Premier League.

And in yet more good news for the Gunners, it has also emerged that Granit Xhaka is keen to extend his stay at the Emirates, just 24 hours after fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny penned a new one year deal in north London.

The Swiss midfielder is reportedly ‘keen to extend his stay at the club’, having joined in 2015, and “there’s a willingness from both sides to agree terms”.

“Arsenal have already held talks with Xhaka about a new deal”, it is added, with Mikel Arteta having given the green light to prolong the former Arsenal skipper’s time in the capital.

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Ben Browning

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