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Arsenal: Watts claims major in-house dilemma must be dealt with this summer

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Journalist Charles Watts has urged Arsenal to tie down ace attacker Bukayo Saka to a new deal sooner rather than later.

The 20-year-old’s current contract is up in 2024, but when the Gunners missed out on Champions League football, speculation began to intensify that the country’s top clubs were interested in signing the Hale End product.

However, as first claimed by Harry Symeou at the end of June on the Talking Transfers podcast (21:55), representatives of the £58.5m-rated  gem are thought to be pleased with the ambition that the club have shown this summer.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed towards the end of last week that getting the 18-cap England ace to commit to a long-term deal has always been a ‘priority’ for Edu and his recruitment team, and now with Saka ‘happy’ with the project, Watts is adamant that the north Londoners must come to an agreement ahead of the new campaign.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: “Arsenal need to get it sorted. No doubt about it.

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“You don’t want Bukayo Saka going down to the final year of his contract. They’ve got to get it sorted this summer.

“It’s got to be a priority; it has been a priority; it is a priority, and we know that talks are taking place, and as Mikel’s saying there [in his press conference], everyone’s got the same intention.

“That gives you hope that from Saka’s side, they’re certainly saying the right noises in terms that they want to stay.”

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Having just missed out on a first top-four finish since the 2015/16 campaign, Mikel Arteta has been busy enhancing his squad this summer.

Fabio Vieira has arrived from Porto to reinforce the midfield while the other marquee signing this window has come in the form of Gabriel Jesus.

Now with the club also working on a deal to bring Manchester City dynamo Oleksandr Zinchenko to the Emirates Stadium, it appears that their business has also helped them move closer to securing the future of one of their burgeoning talents, and it could certainly be an exciting season for the Gunners.

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