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Arsenal: Journalist drops exciting contracts claim

With Arsenal flying high in both the Premier League and Europa League this season, there are genuine hopes that Mikel Arteta is building something special at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners haven’t won the league title since 2004, but having lost just once in 11 top-flight matches so far, they could give Manchester City a run for their money this term.

The Spaniard is also looking ahead to the future, aiming to tie down young trio Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba with extended contracts.

Journalist Pete O’Rourke gave his thoughts on the situation to GIVEMESPORT, saying: “Yeah, I think it’ll be in Arsenal’s plans to get those players sorted out and tied down to new contracts.

“Bukayo Saka, obviously he’s been in superb form for Arsenal this season, as have Martinelli and Saliba, so I’m sure Mikel Arteta will be demanding that the club secure these players new contracts, but it does seem there is interest from other clubs in the players. So that’s something that Arsenal need to be worried about.”

This could be a massive boost for Arteta if he does manage to tie them all down to new deals, especially given their performances this season.

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All three players are ranked among Arsenal’s top eight league performers this season (as per SofaScore) while they have collectively scored 11 goals between them in all competitions, contributing heavily to the club’s excellent start to the campaign.

Furthermore, extending the trio’s current deals could work out extremely well in the future.

The CIES Football Observatory has valued Saka at €100m (£86.2m), Martinelli at €70m (£60.3m), and Saliba at €60m (£51.7m). Collectively, the three are valued at £198.2m, and Arteta could generate some high transfer fees if he decides to sell them in the future.

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Of course, the manager isn’t thinking like that at the moment, but excellent performances in the English top flight carry a risk of potential big-name suitors sniffing from the continent.

The next few weeks before the World Cup could be a crucial time for the 40-year-old Arsenal manager, especially if he wants his future ambitions to be realised by securing the futures of three hugely important young players.

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