The ex-Gunners star is expecting to observe talks with an academy graduate deliver new provisions, with the future looking brighter again in north London.
Arsenal need to have Bukayo Saka” tied down today on a new contract”, says Ray Parlour, together with the academy graduate using a significant part to play in what’s looking like a brighter future for the Gunners.
As things stand, the versatile teenaged talent is simply working on terms through the summer of 2021.
Discussions regarding a new deal have been held as discussion of interest in Saka from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United builds.
Parlour is hoping to find talks reach a positive decision, with kids set to play a prominent role for Arsenal heading forward.
Saka proved once more he can form a part of these plans in a 4-0 victory over Newcastle, with Eddie Nketiah also getting a chance to impress in that competition as he began ahead of France international striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Former Gunners star Parlour told talkSPORT:”He [Nketiah] fought a little first half — holding up the ball, and that is what Lacazette does so nicely. He holds up the ball and brings other players into play, while Eddie was a little bit of a battle first half. Second half, he did much better, he had a few opportunities.
“That is where supervisors need to make huge decisions. At least he’s showing that he’ll give the kids a go.
“Saka was excellent again on the other hand, he had another really great game. I believe he must get tied down today on a new contract. I think they’re trying to organise it right now.
“In the moment Arsenal are 10th in the table, which is not good enough, but Lacazette’s goal and the way the players celebrated, they knew he wanted that.
“There are a whole lot of changes that will need to be made at Arsenal but there’s a feel-good factor. I believe the fans are getting behind the group and suddenly they’re thinking: next year, could we actually have a go? I think fifth place remains wide open for a number of clubs, so major game Sunday against Everton.”
A fifth-place finish might be sufficient to secure Champions League eligibility this year, given that Manchester City have been stung with a two-year prohibit with that competition.
Arsenal are six points adrift of north London rivals Tottenham currently, but they still have 12 Premier League games to take in and are also through to the last 32 of the Europa League.