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Arsenal: Arteta admits UCL qualification might decide Saka’s future

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The Arsenal youngster has already attracted interest from elite Premier League clubs.

Bukayo Saka’s recent performances have been so decisive for Arsenal that fans are already worried about his future at the Emirates. The 20-year-old is under contract at the club until 2024. However, his desire to play in the Champions League has cast doubt over Arsenal’s chances of keeping him until then.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Saka said last month: “I think the Champions League creates so many special nights. 

It’s a dream for me still to experience one of them and hopefully many more of them.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacted to recent rumours around Saka’s potential departure, admitting he could not guarantee the youngster’s stay.

He said (via StadiumAstro): “It’s a conversation we’re going to have with the player internally and then with his environment, his agent, his family, who are going to be extremely important, so everybody is on board.

“Obviously, our desire is to keep Bukayo as long as possible because we are really happy, he’s part of our club, he’s our DNA, he’s growing, he’s maturing, his importance in the team is unquestionable and we want to keep our best talent at the club, that’s for sure.”

Liverpool and Manchester City are Saka’s most serious suitors in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s best chance to fend off the interested clubs is to secure a top-four finish this season.

The Gunners sit sixth in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-placed West Ham. However, Arteta’s side can possibly leapfrog the Hammers as they have three games at hand.