Mikel Arteta confirmed talks are ongoing with young Arsenal starlets Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun and insists he’s ‘not worried’ about their situations, but he would not offer a fresh update to give hope over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing a new deal.
Saka, Balogun and Aubameyang’s current deals all expire at the end of next season with the Gunners risking losing all three on a free transfer if agreements can’t be struck.
There may even be temptation to cash in on the players this summer to avoid losing them for nothing.
Saka, 18, has established himself as a first-team regular under Arteta, while Balogun is tipped to breakthrough after being a prolific goalscorer at youth level.
Arsenal have already batted away interest in Balogun from Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford in January, while Southampton have been linked with his signature.
Saka has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund after his eye-catching displays in numerous positions.
Arsenal have been guilty of losing players in cut-price deals after their contracts ran close to expiry in recent times but Arteta is hopeful the same won’t happen again.
‘I’m not worried because I know the club is trying to keep them.’ Arteta said of Saka and Balogun’s situations.
‘They know how much I like working with them and hopefully we can find agreements with them.’
Aubameyang has been locked in contract talks for months with Gunners chiefs but there are fears he will move on amid links to Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea.
But Arteta refused to be drawn on his future.
‘I don’t have any updates, sorry,’ said the Arsenal manager.
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