Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Arsenal team-mates react to Bukayo Saka’s new deal

Bukayo Saka signs a new long term contract at Arsenal

Bukayo Saka has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal fans breathed a collective sigh of relief as Bukayo Saka finally signed a new contract at the club earlier today – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli have joined supporters in sending congratulatory messages to the youngster on Instagram.

The 18-year-old’s previous deal was due to expire in 12 months’ time and Arsenal had been sweating over his future, with Manchester United and Liverpool among the clubs monitoring the situation.

Racking up an impressive tally of 11 assists across the season, Saka has cemented his place in the Gunners’ first-team plans and Mikel Arteta will be relieved to have finally tied the versatile midfielder down.

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Saka has reportedly committed to four more years at the Emirates and it’s clear the England Under-19 international is in no doubt that he’s made the right decision.

Asked why he chose to pen to paper on a new deal, he told the club’s official website: ‘It’s Arsenal, you know. Come on, it’s Arsenal.

‘The stadium is great, the fans are great, the club is great. Everything about this club is great.

‘I felt that it was right in my heart to extend my contract here and I feel like this is going to be best for my development.’

Bukayo Saka poses with an Arsenal shirt at the Emirates

Saka has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

On Instagram, Saka added: ‘London is my home. Arsenal my team.

‘That’s why I’m so happy to finally announce my contract extension.

‘I love playing for this club and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.

‘The hard work continues so I can continue living my dream. God is Great!!’

Arsenal stars send messages to Bukayo Saka on Instagram

Bukayo Saka received several kind messages from his Arsenal team-mates (Picture: Instagram)

Several members of Arsenal’s first-team squad were quick to respond to the post, congratulating their young team-mate on his bumper new contract.

‘Little chilli Petit Piment congrats my lil brother u deserve it ❤️🙏🏽💪🏽’ Aubameyang said.

‘Congrats broooo🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥,’ Lacazette responded.

Granit Xhaka said: ‘Congrats bro, but please don’t change 😂’

Sokratis Papastathopoulos joked: ‘Enjoy the moment!!!!its time to start to spend a bit 😂😂😂’

Fellow Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli simply replied with three love heart emojis and a clapping emoji.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka during Arsenal's Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt

Aubameyang congratulated Saka on his new contract (Picture: Getty)

On Saka’s decision, Arsenal head coach Arteta said: ‘Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player,’ the Arsenal head coach said.

‘He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances.

‘I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.’

Technical director Edu added: ‘This is something everyone involved wanted to happen and we are delighted that Bukayo has signed a new long-term contract.

‘He’s making great progress and is one of a number of young players who have developed through our academy.

‘This is so important for us as we move forward as a club.’

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