Mikel Arteta winning Arsenal battle against Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool over ‘untouchable’ star – Tom Canton


Does Bukayo Saka need an incentive to stay at Arsenal? Currently, probably not. The England international is just over a year out from his last contract renewal and the support for the 20-year-old is unwavering from the fan base.

However, despite this, Saka has been linked with a move away from Arsenal. Liverpool are the side said to be interested in securing the Hale End talent and it makes sense that the title challengers would be after him.

Liverpool have typically favoured moves for young England internationals such as Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne. Some have been successful and others far less so. Chamberlain in fact remains Arsenal’s last player they have made a profit on besides youth graduates.

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With both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah close to their 30th birthdays, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will be minded to be considering their long-term replacements.

Ian McGarry on The Transfer Window Podcast claimed however that Saka would be ‘interested’ in a move to Anfield.

“We have reported on The Transfer Window Podcast that Liverpool are looking to the future with regards to the fact that they expect to sell at least two of their attacking players,” McGarry said. “Saka is someone who is a player who suits Liverpool’s style.”

McGarry continues to say this interest to play ‘at the highest level’ is what is most attractive to the player and his camp.

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“Liverpool would provide the opportunity and platform for him to play and compete at the highest level. And that would certainly be something that I’m told he and his representatives are very interested in,” McGarry explained.

This follows a quote from Fabrizio Romano back in September where he too claimed that other sides are beginning to look at Saka

Bukayo Saka has become an integral part of Gareth Southgate's England plans and his performances at Euro 2020 caught the eye of even more admirers beyond Arsenal.
Bukayo Saka has become an integral part of Gareth Southgate’s England plans and his performances at Euro 2020 caught the eye of even more admirers beyond Arsenal.

“I want to talk about Bukayo Saka, because some clubs are starting to approach Bukayo Saka, to watch Saka as one of the best players in his position for the future,” said Romano.

“Some clubs, they are not making bids or anything, but they are asking about the contract and everything. Arsenal considers this player untouchable. He is a player for the present and the future, and Arsenal are planning on building on Saka for the future.”

It is this ‘untouchable’ aspect of the club’s view of Saka that would lead to the player facing a very difficult route out of the team.

A new contract for the player will likely be discussed in the near future and with Arsenal currently on the rise with hopes of Champions League qualification, they will be in a very strong position to present their project to the player.

Mikel Arteta has closed the gap to Liverpool in the league now to just six points despite a poor start and defeat at Anfield. This was prior to both Mane and Salah departing for the African Cup of Nations. Something Arsenal’s current starting forwards do not have to do.

The calendar year saw a 24-point improvement on the 52 points collected in 2020. Their 76-point total for 2021 falls just a single point behind Klopp’s side as Arteta presses forward with his team’s progression.

It is not fanciful anymore to suggest that Liverpool could be caught by Arsenal in the near future, considering the context of both sides’ strongest players, their age profiles and the clubs’ trajectories.

The bottom line is that Saka remains an Arsenal player until at least 2024, giving the club plenty of time to sort his future. A future that looks bright for the club and its contingent of young players headed by Saka’s star quality.

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