Bukayo Saka shows why Arsenal are preparing to make him the highest paid player amid transfer links

Arsenal are in talks with Bukayo Saka over a new contract extension which would make him one of the club’s highest-paid players, as revealed exclusively football.london .

Saka, 20, has a long-term contract with the club which expires in 2024 but football.london understands that a new deal will reflect his role in the team as one of the most important players.

Alexandre Lacazette, Bernd Leno and Eddie Nketiah are among the senior first-team players set to leave the club in the coming months, which will give the Gunners extra financial firepower when building up a lucrative contract for their best players.

And Saka showed against Brentford why it’s crucial that Arsenal secure Champions League football this season – and fulfill their competitive ambition and the highest level week in and week out.

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The England international has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances, a form that underlines his importance to Arsenal and once again places him among the greatest talents in European football.

Mikel Arteta’s side dominated their opponents on Saturday afternoon, producing 16 shots in the first 45 minutes – the most the team had in a Premier League first half since October 2017 against Everton under Arsene Wenger.

Emile Smith Rowe has scored five goals in his last eight Premier League starts. Only three players have scored more goals than Smith Rowe this season, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Raheem Sterling sitting above Arsenal’s No10, a testament to how much he has improved on the goals front compared to last season.

There are certainly plenty of reasons to be excited about North London’s red side right now. Academy graduates are scoring, smooth football is being played and a Premier League points tally that is starting to look like European football is a real possibility.

There’s still a long way to go, but right now there’s a lot of positives at Arsenal.

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