Mikel Arteta has spent much of this season injured, but insists that sorting out his contract situation will take five minutes once he is fully fit, as reported by Goal.
The Spaniard has suffered badly with a recurring calf injury this season, and has struggled to put a decent run of games together. His latest set-back has kept him sidelined for quite some time, but he should be able to play some part before the end of the campaign.
Arteta is our current captain, but has seen his duties fall mostly to Per Mertesacker as of late. This is something he is hoping will change next season, but a new deal must be agreed first.
The 33-year-old claims he is confident of extending his current contract, but only if he can return to full fitness. He is happy at the club, but wants to make sure he can perform the way he expects himself to before committing to a new deal.
“My only aim is to get back fit and try to perform on the pitch,” he said.
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“As long as I do that I am sure that I will continue with this club, with the relationship I have with the club and the respect I have from everybody here.
“If I don’t do that then I am not going to be here because I don’t want to be somewhere where I cannot perform at my best and give what I think I can give.
“In May, when everything is fine, we will sit down and talk and it will take five minutes.”
Arsene Wenger has a policy of not offering players over 30 more than a 12 month deal, but Arteta is clearly hoping to remain at the Emirates for another season.
With the rise of Francis Coquelin however, and the possibility of new faces arriving this summer, it’s unclear how much playing time he would actually get.
He will be keen to get some playing time in this season too, and believes that while he is not yet ready to start, he is close to making a return to action.
“I am not far. I have done five or six sessions with the first team and I am feeling good,” he continued.
“I don’t feel I am ready to start, but I’m almost there. It has been a long process, I don’t want to rush it.”
It would be a shame to see Arteta leave this summer, but he certainly isn’t the player he used to be. If we were to bring another defensive midfielder in come the end of the season, then it’s difficult to see where the veteran star would fit in.