Mikel Arteta signs new Arsenal contract

Mikel Arteta has signed a new one-year deal with Arsenal.

The Spaniard moved to the Emirates from Everton in August 2011 in a £10million deal and has made 136 appearances for the Gunners.

The length of the contract is in keeping with the club’s policy of only offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30, but manager Arsene Wenger believes he remains a vital member of the team.
“He will stay with us for one more year because he has extended his contract,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“He’s one of the leaders in the club because he’s the captain of the team. I expect him to contribute much more than last season but he also faces a battle.

“With the number of games we have ahead, we could use his experience, his desire and his quality as it will be vital for next season.”
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