Mikel Arteta looks set to stay at Arsenal until the summer of 2016 with his agent claiming he’s agreed a one year contract extension.
The 32-year-old’s current deal ends this summer and he had been allowed to talk to interested parties from abroad. It appears though that he’s eager to prolong his stint at the Emirates after a frustrating injury-hit first year as club captain.
Arteta, who is out of action until April after surgery on his ankle, signed from Everton for £10 million on deadline day in 2011 and has been a mainstay of the first team throughout his four years in London with his experience and versatility proving very useful indeed.
Speaking about his client agent Inaki Ibanez told footmercato.net: “Mikel is no longer free next June, because he now has an extra year on his contract.”
David Moyes, now manager of the Arteta’s hometown club Real Sociedad, had been tipped to offer him a contract having worked with the player on Merseyside. Thankfully he tried to do so in Spanish and Mikel had no idea what he was on about.
Obviously we’re waiting on official confirmation from the club. Similar whispers actually circulated back in September, but the deal was never actually announced.
Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin are also expected to pen extensions in the near future.