Darren Bent says that Arsenal will fight to keep Bukayo Saka at all costs.
Undoubtedly, there are plenty of other clubs in world football who would love to prise the 22-year-old winger away from the north London club. However, Arsenal are currently in a very strong position to retain the 28-cap England international’s services, as he signed a new long term contract with the club in May 2023.
However, that new contract alone will not stop other clubs testing Arsenal’s resolve to keep Saka.
On TalkSport, Darren Bent was asked how he felt Arsenal would respond if Liverpool tabled a £150 million bid for Saka, as a hypothetical response to selling Mohamed Salah off in a mega money move to Saudi Arabia.
The former Tottenham Hotspur striker stated that “Arsenal just wouldn’t sell him…Arsenal would say no [to £150 million]. What would that say to the Arsenal fanbase if they [Liverpool] could get Saka for £150 million? Arsenal’s best player. Every player’s got a price on their head of course, but £150 million, I can’t see Arsenal wanting to sell, because who do you replace him with?”
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Should Arsenal consider cashing in on Saka?
Saka would simply be irreplaceable for Arsenal. Given his youth, quality, and personality, the Gunners wouldn’t be able to bring in anyone else who could replicate all that Saka offers the club on and off the pitch. Saka is a talismanic figure at Arsenal, and they have to find a way to keep him at the Emirates Stadium for as long as he is happy to stay, no matter what offers may come in from elsewhere.
Saka has the potential to be one of the best players in the world of his generation. He has the capacity to lead Arsenal through a period of success and bring silverware to the club. In Arteta he also has a manager who has absolute faith in him and has helped to develop and improve his game.
No matter the money on offer, sticking together makes sense for both Saka and Arsenal.