Arsenal (opens in a new tab) boss Mikel Arteta says contract extensions for Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba.
The 21-year-old trio were instrumental in the Gunners’ superb start to 2022/23, which put them top of the Premier League with seven wins from eight games – the last of which saw them beat Tottenham. (opens in a new tab) 3-1 in the North London derby.
Saka, Martinelli and Saliba are all under contract as of June 2024, and Arteta has confirmed the club are “working” on new deals.
Speaking to the media ahead of Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Bodo/Glimt, Arteta said (opens in a new tab):
“Obviously we have to plan for the future and we are all working on it. [Technical director] Edu is on top, and the whole board – and we’ll try to do it the right way, being fair and trying to plan in the best way possible and reward players who we think have a great future for the club. When we have something to announce, we will.”
While Saka has been a mainstay in the Arsenal squad for the past three years, Martinelli and Saliba have only established themselves more recently – the latter only making his Gunners debut on the first day of this season. season, after a succession of loan spells back. France.
Arsenal won the opener of their Europa League campaign 2-1 in Zurich, before their scheduled second group game with PSV was postponed due to a lack of available police in London following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Arteta is bound to rotate heavily against Bodo/Glimt, especially with Liverpool (opens in a new tab) next at the Emirates Stadium in the league on Sunday.