Under-fire Arsenal fear losing their ‘next Bukayo Saka’ as contract talks stall

Arsenal are risking the wrath of their supporters once more by struggling to tie teenage starlet Kido Taylor-Hart down to a new contract.

Taylor-Hart, 18, is one of the Gunners' most highly-rated youth prospects, gaining plenty of admirers following a string of impressive displays for their Under-23 side.

The left winger's goal and assist in a 2-2 draw with West Ham last weekend saved them from relegation, and several Arsenal supporters want to see him break into Mikel Arteta's first team.

However, his current scholarship in north London is set to expire at the end of the season, and little progress is being made over a new deal.

And according to The Sun, Taylor-Hart has numerous options on the table to leave Arsenal this summer from England and abroad.

The Gunners are said to have offered him a professional contract earlier this year, but so far he is yet to commit to that deal and could therefore still walk out in just over a month's time.

It is believed he has received offers from the Premier League, Bundesliga, Holland and Belgium.

Arsenal chiefs reportedly fear another backlash from supporters if the youngster leaves this summer, following mass protests against the club's Kroenke owners at the end of last month.

Stan Kroenke was already a deeply unpopular figure at the Emirates, but his decision to sign them up to the doomed European Super League further incensed fans.

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  • There is likely to be another furious reaction if Taylor-Hart, who has drawn comparisons with current Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka, departs upon the expiry of his scholarship.

    Along with Folarin Balogun, he is considered one of the next big stars to emerge from the Gunners' academy ranks and become a key member of the senior squad.

    But with time running out on his scholarship, club officials need to work hard to convince the prodigy that his development would be best served in north London.

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