Arsenal have reportedly opened contract talks with club captain Mikel Arteta over an extension, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Spanish midfielder signed from Everton for £10 million three years ago, but his current contract is set to expire at the end of the season. The 32 year old will be out for 3 weeks after suffering a calf injury he sustained against Tottenham on the weekend during the side’s 1-1 North London derby draw.
The report states that Mikel Arteta has been offered a new one-year deal and is keen to extend his career at the club. The negotiations are open and are unlikely to be affected by the niggling injury.
The midfielder will have turned 33 by the end of the current season, so as is Wenger’s usual policy for players over 30 he will be offered no more than a one year extension.
The Spaniard has already attracted criticism for his sluggish start to the new campaign. Although he was never blessed with great pace, time is catching up with him and his lack of speed is being exposed more and more frequently, especially against top opposition, while he’s also picked up two untimely injuries already this season.
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The fans may not view this as the best news, as many are of the mind that the Spaniard is past his best and should be moved on. He has put in a number of below par performances this season, and with the midfielder’s legs starting to go he looks unable to keep up with the pace of the game at times.
The Gunners need to sign a proven, world-class holding midfielder, but regardless of that desire they can expect Arteta to be fighting for a regular starting spot and it’s never bad to have an experienced figure on the bench, is it?
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