With Mikel Arteta’s contract originally set to expire this summer, his future at Arsenal was somewhat in doubt. The Spaniard has penned a new deal however, and will be staying with us at least until 2016, according to ESPN.
Arteta has spent much of this season sidelined with injury, and with his latest setback looking to keep him out for some time, things were looking bleak for the 32-year-old.
He has signed a one-year extension on his current deal however, with his agent Inaki Ibanez confirming the news.
“Mikel is no longer free next June, because he now has an extra year on his contract,” he said.
The experienced midfielder has been superb since joining the club from Everton in 2011, but his physical decline has been noticeable.
While he still has plenty to offer, he is arguably not up to the required task any more; the superb performances of Francis Coquelin highlighting the type of player we need.
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It would be fantastic to see our captain finish his career at Arsenal, and he would be a fantastic mentor for our stars of the future. His playing days at the club must surely be coming to an end though, with our midfield requiring younger, fresher legs.