BUKAYO SAKA has dropped his biggest hint yet that he is ready to sign a new Arsenal contract.
The 20-year-old England international has less than two years left on his current deal and remains one of the lowest paid players at the club.
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But Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is convinced that Saka can be persuaded to agree to a lucrative new contract and the player said: “I share his confidence.
“I really feel at home at Arsenal. I feel the love from my team-mates, from the coaches and from the fans.
“The manager is always there for me and the different bits of advice he gives me are special.
“The atmosphere at the Emirates is getting better and better and I can feel the energy boost from the crowd every time I play.
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“We’re loving every minute of it and we feel a stronger team as a result of that support.”
Saka, who celebrates his 21st birthday on Monday, has been voted Arsenal’s player of the year for the past two seasons and was their 12-goal top scorer last campaign.
And although he is now valued in the £100million category by Arsenal, that has not prevented the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United from monitoring his situation.
But Arteta is adamant there is no way Arsenal will sell the jewel in their Emirates crown and wants the contract signed as soon as possible to end all the speculation.
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The Gunners are currently the only team in the country with a 100 per cent record this season and look to extend their stay at the top of the Premier League with a win at home to struggling Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
Saka said: “It’s been a perfect start but now we need to come back in front of our fans and win again.
“I’m growing as a player and going from strength to strength. I set myself a target for goals and assists every season but I’m keeping that to myself.
“There are still aspects of the game where I need to improve.
“Some of the tackles I take are not nice but if I’m going to dribble past opponents, I know I’m going to get kicked sometimes.”
Mohamed Elneny, 30, will miss the match after suffering a hamstring injury during Saturday’s 2-1 win against Fulham.
Thomas Partey, 29, is already sidelined by a thigh strain and Arteta could be forced to sign another central midfield player before Thursday’s transfer deadline if Elneny’s injury turns out to be serious.