'We're all working on it': Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta on new contracts for key trio

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta giving a press confefence
(Image credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal (opens in new tab) boss Mikel Arteta says that contract extensions for Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba.

The 21-year-old trio have been instrumental in the Gunners' superb start to 2022/23, which has them top of the Premier League with seven wins from eight games – the latest of which saw them beat Tottenham (opens in new tab) 3-1 in the North London derby.

Saka, Martinelli and Saliba are all out contract in June 2024, and Arteta has confirmed that the club are "working on" new deals.

Arsenal midfielder Bukayo Saka during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on 1 October, 2022 at the Emirates Stadium in London, United Kingdom

Saka set up Thomas Partey's opening goal against Spurs on Saturday (Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking to the media ahead of Thursday's Europa League encounter with Bodo/Glimt, Arteta said (opens in new tab):

"Obviously, we have to plan for the future and we are all working on it. [Technical director] Edu is on top of it, and all of the board – and we'll try to do things in the right way, being fair, and trying to plan the best possible way and reward the players that in our opinion have a big future for the club. When we have something to announce, we will do that."

While Saka has been a mainstay of the Arsenal team for the past three years, Martinelli and Saliba have only established themselves more recently – with the latter not making his Gunners debut until the opening day of this season, after a succession of loan spells back in France.

Arsenal defender William Saliba applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on 1 October, 2022 at the Emirates Stadium in London, United Kingdom

Saliba will have savoured his first taste of the North London derby (Image credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal won the first game of their Europa League campaign 2-1 away to Zurich, before their scheduled second group match with PSV was postponed due to a lack of available police in London after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Arteta is bound to rotate heavily against Bodo/Glimt, especially with Liverpool (opens in new tab) next up at the Emirates Stadium in the league on Sunday.

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