Arsenal 'desperate' to avoid mistake from Arsene Wenger years as Bukayo Saka contract signals new approach
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Arsenal appear to be learning from their previous transfer mistakes, following Bukayo Saka's recent contract renewal.
Just over a decade ago, Arsene Wenger discussed his frustration at being unable to build on the potential within his team due to the departures of several first-team players.
“You could feel the potential was there and I thought ‘Ok, let’s do this together,’” said Wenger in December 2012. “Then the team split up, sometimes after five or six years of work. It is frustrating. You have to start all over again.
“We have lost recent players earlier in their careers — to lose Van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri and Song in just two years, it is a massive amount of potential. Of course you worry.”
More than 10 years have passed since then, and Arsenal are clearly '"desperate to prevent history from repeating itself", claim The Telegraph.
Arsenal 'desperate' not to repeat transfer mistakes
Once again Arsenal have created a young squad boasting enormous potential, with the future seemingly bright in north London.
Gabriel Martinelli and Aaron Ramsdale have also penned fresh terms, suggesting players are convinced by Arteta's plans moving forward.
The clear message being projected from London Colney is that Arsenal's unforeseen title bid is only the beginning for this group of players - the second-youngest team in the entire division.
However, they can only continue to grow if they stay together, meaning contract negotiations will be just as important as any summer business that Arsenal may partake in the summer.