After a tough year for Arsenal fans, the club had one of its best weeks in recent memory. Three wins, stretching the win streak to four, and moving into the FA Cup semi-finals. Then the club announced they had finally agreed to terms with standout Bukayo Saka. If all of that wasn’t enough, attacking sensation Gabrielle Martinelli signed a new deal after tallying 10 goals and 4 assists in his first season at the club.
However, there is still plenty of more work for Arsenal and Arteta as they hope to return the club to the Champions League and sort out the depth chart. Now that those two young attacking talents are locked in for the next few seasons, which contracts should the club prioritize next?
5 - Eddie Nketiah
With Saka and Martinelli extended, the next young attacker on the senior squad who’s deal would expire first is Nketiah. He has two seasons left, but given Arteta’s confidence in him since the return and the other deals agreed to this week, it makes sense to lock down Eddie through ‘24. That will give Mikel plenty of options next season and puts the club in a good position to sell a player in the next few years. Whether that be a more senior guy like Lacazette or if one of the younger guys fails to secure a starting place with the club. Four goals, from 8 starts, just 20-years-old, and still plenty of growth left for Nketiah.
4 - Emiliano Martinez
When Bernd Leno went down, it seemed as though this portion of the season was cursed for Arsenal. However, Martinez has been solid as the new number one and looks like one of the best backups in the league. He’s only 27 and has two years left on his current deal, at a reportedly meager £20k/week. Extending him to ‘24 locks down the keeper position for Arsenal for the next few seasons, allowing them to focus more attention to U23-level talent and elsewhere in the squad. Is the club really going to find a better backup at such a good rate?