The agent of Mikel Arteta has denied suggestions that the Spaniard could leave Arsenal this summer.
The former Everton man had been rather spuriously linked with a move to Athletic Bilbao to replace Ander Herrera who has just signed for Manchester United, but the rumours have been emphatically put to bed.
Inaki Ibanez told El Mundo that it was ‘false’ to report that Arsenal were waiting on a €3m offer from the Basque club. Sky Sports appear to have found quotes where he says, “This is totally false. Mikel has no interest in leaving Arsenal.”
We’ve been unable to source those particular quotes beyond the use of the word ‘false’, but it would be a big surprise if the manager was willing to let his midfield lieutenant leave the club.
Although he just has 12 months left on his current deal, and there are no plans at the times by the club to offer him an extension, Arteta remains an influential figure on and off the pitch, as well as being a player whom Wenger trusts implicitly.
It’s well documented that Arsenal are open to an addition in this area of the midfield, which may affect things down the line, but it would be a surprise to us if Arteta wasn’t in red and white next season.
We’re giving this a solid 9 on the poo-ometer.