Bukayo Saka has revealed Arsenal were “always the one” for him when he was growing up, despite interest from London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.
The now 20-year-old winger had trials at the Blues and Spurs before he eventually joined the Gunners’ famous academy system at the age of eight.
12 years on, it seems as if Saka made the right decision, with the youngster now a regular England international and one of the hottest talents in the whole country.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, via Eurosport, Saka has now revealed why he chose Arsenal despite interest from Chelsea and Tottenham.
He said: “I think Arsenal was always the one I wanted to go to. It seemed like they had a lot of faith in their youth, and there was a clear pathway when you could see the players coming up from Hale End to London Colney, and my dad also really believed in the project and he loved Arsene Wenger.
“I think Arsenal was the club in the hearts of my family, so we chose them.”
Saka sees his current contract at Arsenal come to an end in the summer of 2024, and football.london understands the Gunners are expected to offer the England winger an extension on his deal at the end of the season.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Wolves on Thursday evening, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted he is keen to tie Saka down to a new contract.
Arteta said: “It is a conversation we are going to have with the player, then his agent, his family – [talks] which are going to be extremely important as well – so everybody is on board.
“Obviously our desire is to keep Bukayo as long as possible, because we are really happy. He is part of our club, our DNA, he is growing, he is maturing.
“His importance in the team is unquestionable and we want to keep our best talent, that is for sure and cool.