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Mikel Arteta shares three key demands placed on Bukayo Saka amid Arsenal contract renewal talk

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Bukayo Saka has been an Arsenal revelation since his transformation from Hale End graduate to Gunners superstar, but Mikel Arteta expects more from him.

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Mikel Arteta shares three key demands placed on Bukayo Saka amid Arsenal contract renewal talk

Mikel Arteta has demanded that Arsenal star Bukayo Saka become a ruthless winner, despite the manager’s belief that the England international will sign a new contract.

Saka had an impressive season last season, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists across all competitions but failing to lead the Gunners to a top-four finish.

The 20-year-old joined the north London club when he was seven years old and made his debut in 2018, growing from strength to strength season after season.

Saka’s talent is well known to Arteta, and the Spaniard is eager to tie the England international down to a new long-term contract, with Manchester City and Liverpool both keeping an eye on the winger’s situation at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal manager is ‘confident’ that an agreement to renew Saka’s contract can be reached, but he wants the 20-year-old to reach a ‘new level’ by demanding three things from him.

Mikel Arteta spoke to football.london about the key things he wants to see Saka do with Arsenal over the next three to five years.

The Gunners’ boss said: “He has to be a ruthless winner. That’s it. Simple.”

“That’s his mentality, that’s what he needs to do. He needs to win football matches on his own, he needs to be living this profession: tomorrow I’m going to kill the opponent. And that’s what I want from him.”

Arteta made it clear that he understands Saka’s current level, but he wants the 20-year-old to become one of the Premier League’s all-time greats.

That will only be possible if he begins to embrace the pressure of being the main man at the Emirates Stadium, as Thierry Henry did time and again, taking games by the scruff of the neck and being the deciding factor for the Gunners.

“He has this ability now he’s going through a place in his career and he needs to go to the next level right now. And I think he has the right environment to do it – he has the right people around him to do it and he’s very willing to do it. So that’s what we have to demand.”

There is no denying that City and Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Saka’s progress and the ongoing situation with his contract, which is set to expire in 2024 at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta remains calm and confident that all parties involved in the talks will reach an agreement before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.

“I am very confident that we as a club and Bukayo, his family, his agent, everybody, we are very much aligned in what we want to achieve, and now it is about putting it on a piece of paper,” Arteta said at his pre-Bournemouth press conference on Friday.

“I would like that to get done, because I don’t want the player or anybody distracted while we are in the middle of the season. But those things take time and they have to go through the right process, and I think the process has been really good.”

Mikel Arteta shares three key demands placed on Bukayo Saka amid Arsenal contract renewal talk

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