Perhaps, not the type of news to get some Gunners really excited, considering the player’s age and injury records in the last campaign, but the Spaniard probably still has more to offer the club, especially in the eyes of Wenger.
The manager has confirmed that club captain, and midfielder, Mikel Arteta has signed a one-year contract extension, which will see him stay beyond next season. Arteta, 34, was unable to take active part on the pitch last season due to injuries.
He moved to the Emirates on the last day of the Window of 2011, and is one of the most highly influential players in the team, despite persistent injuries. He had to undergo surgery on a problematic ankle injury last winter, after suffering with the issue earlier in the season that was just concluded in May.
The former Everton man missed 25 of Arsenal’s matches last season, after suffering from injury sustained in the club’s match against Manchester United at the Emirates; a match in which the Gunners lost 2-1 to their arch rivals.
A tweet on the club’s official Twitter account confirmed that the 34-year old has indeed put pen to paper on a new deal:
“Arsene Wenger has confirmed that @m8arteta has extended his contract with the club.
While Arsenal fans may find this latest news a bit confusing, as Arteta is a player well past his prime; the manager may see him as one with one that has a thing or two to pass on to the younger players both on and off the field.