Bukayo Saka has described Arsenal as “the right place to make the next step” in his career after signing a new long-term contract with the Premier League runners-up.
The 21-year-old England attacker has enjoyed a superb season with the Gunners, scoring 14 goals in all competitions, as well as contributing 11 assists.
Saka made his Gunners debut in November 2018 and has made 178 appearances for the North London club, scoring 37 goals.
“I’m just really happy,” Saka said on Tuesday after agreeing a deal that will keep him at the club until at least 2027.
“There’s been a lot of talking and it’s been a while, but I’m here now. I think this is the right club, the right place to make the next step. It’s a beautiful club – look where we are.
“For me, it’s about achieving my personal ambitions – how much I push myself and demand from myself each game, week in, week out. Then I have all the right people around me in terms of family, and when I come to the training ground, my teammates, the coaching staff.
“I think I have everything I need to become the best player I can be, and that’s why I’m happy to stay here and be here for the future, because I really believe that we can achieve big things.”
Despite the disappointment of losing out in the title race to Manchester City, Arsenal do have the satisfaction of playing Champions League football next season for the first time since 2017.
“I have seen a lot of change,” he added. “I’ve seen this team and the club grow, and one thing that everyone around us can be excited about is that we are going in the right direction.
“Time is on our side. You can look at our team and a lot of the players are young. We’re hungry, and a lot of us haven’t won trophies at Arsenal so we want to achieve big things. If you watch the way we all speak, we want to win and we want to win here.
“It’s been too long since this club has had Champions League football. I’m really looking forward to Tuesday and Wednesday nights in this stadium, the atmosphere is going to be special.”

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