Arsenal strikes the ‘Century Bargain’ with the joint-second most valuable player in England, going from £0 to worth £173 million

Under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal has had incredible growth and development. Almost everything has gone well in the past several years in the lack of a title, from getting rid of ineffective players to signing stars who are worth their money.

The club’s mentality has been strengthened by identifying targets like Martin Odegaard and Ben White, but the Spaniard’s belief in one young player is what has really changed the game. The man’s current wealth actually exceeds the combined fortunes of Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba.

Bukayo Saka

Unquestionably, Bukayo Saka has become an indispensable player of the team and a superstar since graduating from Arsenal’s youth.

The player that won the Heineken “Star of the Match” accolade following England’s victory over the Czech Republic in Group D of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship

The footballer with the Heineken "Star of the Match" award after the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between Czech Republic and England

Even if he doesn’t wear the armband, the attacker has fully accepted his role as the “leader of Arsenal,” as football scout Jacek Kulig referred to him when he was just 20 years old.

Saka was expected to reach greater heights this season, and he is on track to accomplish so. Saka finished the previous season in the Premier League with 14 goals and 11 assists.


The number seven has already treble his goal total from the previous season in 31 Premier League games, and he has added four goals and four assists in the Champions League.

In context, the England international leads the team in goals and assists in both the league and Europe, but what is his current market value?

Like Saka, Martinelli and Saliba are among the top young players in the Premier League, with the poise and assurance of seasoned pros.

In 33 league games this season, the exceptional French defender in particular has forged an unrivaled relationship with Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Brazilian winger, who has not quite achieved the heights of his 15-goal 2022–23 season, has nevertheless shown great promise, scoring 10 goals in 23 league games.

However, they are significantly less valuable than Saka and very few other players in England, even though the combo is very important in and of itself.

The 22-year-old’s skill is evident as CIES ranks him as the joint-second most valuable player in the Premier League, behind only Phil Foden and Erling Haaland.

Additionally, Saka’s aggregate values are slightly higher than Martinelli and Saliba’s, despite their inclusion on the list.

In addition to his extraordinary talent, Arsenal’s “monster,” as journalist Mark White calls him, is a terrifying asset because of the amount of untapped potential that he is still capable of.

Colleague Thomas Partey describes Saka as “one of the best young players in the world” in addition to being one of England’s most gifted players. He is undoubtedly a superb player.

Saka is clearly a gold mine for Arsenal, and Arteta should get a lot of credit for turning the winger into one of the most dangerous players in Europe.