Former England goalkeeper David James has claimed that Bukayo Saka should leave Arsenal to join Manchester City in the future. It comes amid links between the 21-year-old and a potential move to join Pep Guardiola’s side, who have seen a huge squad turnover during the summer.
It saw them lose the likes of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, who have been influential players in the attack over the years. With Saka continuing to impress for both club and country, it comes as little surprise that there would be interest in a player with plenty more to come.
The winger added yet another accolade to his collection in the past week, being voted the 2021/22 England men’s player of the year. “This is such a special honour for me and I’m very grateful to everyone who voted,” He said on social media shortly after receiving the award.
With less than two years remaining on his contract, Arsenal will be keen to tie Saka down to a longer-term contract at the club for some security. However, former England shot-stopper James has told GGRecon that the Arsenal academy graduate should join Manchester City instead.
“I do like what Mikel Arteta is doing at Arsenal and Bukayo Saka is a big part of that, I can, however, understand why players want to move. Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you’ve been at a club for a while, and even when things change, you still feel that you need a change yourself.
“If there’s a chance of Saka moving to Manchester City, then he’d be joining the best team in England over recent years. Arsenal are currently the best team in England as we speak, purely from their league position, but more than likely Manchester City are going to challenge them for that position.
“The question is, would Saka be given enough game time at Manchester City? It’s almost guaranteed rotation when you’re fit because that’s what Pep Guardiola does. Anyone who goes to Manchester City knows they’re not going there to play every game…”
“I believe he’d be a wonderful addition for Manchester City. I’ve got a lot of Arsenal friends, so I believe he should move to Manchester City.”
It remains to be seen whether a new contract will be signed by the youngster, however indications from both Saka and Arteta over a new deal were promising for plenty more chapters in his Arsenal story being written.