Morning all.

The Daily Mail are linking Bukayo Saka with Man City. They are desperate to get hold of our man before Liverpool do and with just two years left on his contract, he’s there to be bought. Anyone who expected, or still expects Arsenal to get through the summer without such speculation must have been living in a non footballing world. Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Marin Odegaard, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney, in fact the club have a number of players who other club managers might fancy in their team. The so called big clubs, ie the ‘money is no object’ clubs will come after the best. Saka is definitely one of our best.

There might come a time when he does move away from north London and why not? Footballers aren’t as loyal as they used to be and if Arsenal aren’t winning things, they’ll get itchy feet. If another club offers a “double your money deal” or something similar, who wouldn’t be tempted? I know I would. I don’t doubt that most, if not all of the young guys who come through the academy from a very early age dream of playing for the club they were born into but once that box is ticked, the dream is perhaps over.

If Man City offered Arsenal £150 million for Bukayo Saka, could they afford to turn it down? TransferMarket have our man valued at just below £60 million which is in my opinion, no way near his true value. Jack Grealish moved to Man City for just over £100 million and I think Saka is better than him, he’s younger too and more versatile.

This kind of story is what makes the transfer window exciting and depressing at the same time. City fans will hope a move goes through whilst Arsenal fans will be praying it doesn’t. Or at least this one will and for what it’s worth, I think City have zero chance of getting hold of our guy this summer and give it a year or two, Guardiola will be gone and City won’t be such an attractive prospect. Either that or the footballing will have said enough is enough and curb the spending of these super rich clubs. I’m interested to see how Chelsea will operate under their new ownership.

Meanwhile, the new rich kids on the block, Newcastle Utd, will fancy their chances of capturing our players and we know Jurge Klopp is a huge admirer of Gabriel Martinelli so he’s bound to be on the phone at some stage. If not this summer, then next perhaps. It’s important that Arsenal as a club do all they can to tie players down to new contracts. Especially those whose contracts expire next summer and the year after. It truly will be a summer period to remember in the transfer window and across the sporting calendar with the likes of Royal Ascot coming up and the Melbourne Cup over in Australia, where you canvisit for the latest information. Then we will head into the Premier league return and of course the World Cup, so what a great and exciting period we have coming up.

Contracts expiring in 2023:

Bernd Leno

Contracts expiring in 2024:

Bukayo Saka
Gabriel Martinelli (1 year option)
Rob Holding
Cedric Soares
Granit Xhaka
Nicolas Pepe
Arthur Okonkwo

For what it’s worth, I think four of the above players, five even, could depart this summer. We already know that Matt Turner is joining the club this summer, as is fellow American Auston Trusty so it’s very likely that Bernd Leno will be sold. Whether Trusty is for the first team or a season on loan in England remains to be seen but if he excels in pre season then he might just stay put. I watched a video clip of him and he’s very left footed and he looked slow but time will tell. Cedric Soares and Nicolas Pepe are another two I think could leave during this transfer window and depending on whether or not Roma still fancy Granit Xhaka, perhaps his Arsenal career could come to an end. I’ve a feeling he’s here for a while yet though as Mikel Arteta seems to trust him.

The transfer window officially opens this week, Friday to be precise, so hopefully Arsenal will move quickly and get their deals done.

See you in the comments.