Former Sunderland striker Ally McCoist believes Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka should stay at the Emirates Stadium. Saka has attracted interest from Manchester City who are eager to sign the winger this summer.
Saka has had an outstanding season in the 2020-21 campaign scoring seven goals and providing 10 assists in 46 games in all competitions. The youngster took his game to another level last season, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists in 43 games.
Despite Saka’s consistent performances, the Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League table, failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
This has led many to believe that the winger could decide not to extend his contract with the club and instead join Manchester City, which could give him the opportunity to play in Europe’s elite competition and potentially earn some cash. trophies in the near future.
McCoist, however, has advised Saka against a move to City as he has doubts about the playing time he will receive at the Etihad Stadium.
“You would think we would be guaranteed to play Arsenal every week, as he would go from a big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a big pond if he went to City. The rotation system that they have every week, he wouldn’t always play, at Arsenal he’s one of the big bosses,” McCoist told talkSPORT.
“He would have a better chance of winning things at City, but that doesn’t mean Arsenal won’t win anything, that’s certainly not the case. The offer would turn most young lads’ heads, although sure.”
The 20-year-old has just two years left on his contract with the North London club. The Gunners plan to table a contract extension offer for Bukayo Saka in a bid to secure his long-term future with the club and ward off interest from Manchester City.
Arsenal transfer activity could determine Bukayo Saka’s future with the club
Bukayo Saka came through the youth ranks in north London before making his debut for the club in the 2018-19 campaign. He is currently seen as one of the players the club can build a team around for the future.
The 20-year-old is likely to want to play in the Champions League and win trophies but could opt to stay at the Emirates due to his loyalty to the club and their fans.
The Gunners need to make a few signings though and make clear their intention to progress and close the gap with Manchester City and Liverpool if they are to persuade Bukayo Saka to extend his contract. The club’s lack of depth and experience often led to their downfall last season.
Mikel Arteta’s side need a world-class striker to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who left the club in January, and a high-quality midfielder to link up with Thomas Partey in midfield. field next season.