Gunners hero tells Arsenal to wrap up deal and get sought after star signed up to massive deal


Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to make sure they keep Bukayo Saka away from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United by nailing him down to a new Arsenal contract.

Saka, who broke into the Arsenal senior side last season under Unai Emery and made four appearances, has gone on and evolved this season with 24 appearances for the first team under his belt and has become an integral part of the Mikel Arteta set-up.

Reflecting on Arsenal’s emphatic victory over Newcastle and the Gunners’ form under Mikel Arteta, Parlour told talkSPORT that they need to make sure that Saka is signed up to a new deal amid speculation that talks over a new deal are underway: ‘He [Nketiah] struggled a bit first half – holding the ball up, and that’s what Lacazette does so well.

‘He holds the ball up and brings other players into play, while Eddie was a little bit of a struggle first half. Second half, he did much better, he had a couple of opportunities. ‘That is where managers have to make big decisions. At least he is showing that he will give the youngsters a go.

‘Saka was excellent again on the left-hand side, he had another really good game. I think he has to get tied down now on a new contract. I think they are trying to organise it at the moment.

‘At the moment Arsenal are 10th in the table, which isn’t good enough, but Lacazette’s goal and how the players celebrated, they knew he needed that. ‘There are a lot of changes that need to be made at Arsenal but there is a feel-good factor again.

‘I think the supporters are getting behind the team and suddenly they are thinking: next season, could we really have a go? ‘I think fifth place is still wide open for quite a few clubs, so big game Sunday against Everton.’

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