Arsene Wenger has revealed that club captain Mikel Arteta will stay at the Emirates for one more year.
Reports have circulated for the best part of a year that the perfectly-coiffured Spaniard would extend his contract so the confirmation doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
It is though welcome news, particularly given the experience the 33-year-old brings to the squad.
Speaking about the deal, Wenger told Arsenal.com: “He will stay with us for one more year because he has extended his contract.
“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.”
Arteta made only 12 appearances last season after picking up an ankle injury that eventually required surgery. He recovered full fitness towards the end of the campaign but found himself kept out of the team by the form of Francis Coquelin.
It remains to be seen whether the boss still attempts to recruit another defensive midfielder in the transfer market. Much could depend on the future of Mathieu Flamini who was yesterday linked with a return to France.