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Gunners open Arteta contract talks

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Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta will meet club executives this week to begin discussions over an improved long-term deal.

The 30-year-old playmaker joined the Gunners for £10m at the beginning of the season, and is believed to have accepted a £10,000 per week pay cut to swap Everton for Arsenal.

Although the Spaniard signed a four-year-deal last August, Arteta is thought to be keen to secure a pay review following an impressive first season at the Emirates Stadium.

The former-Everton midfielder featured 38 times for the Gunners, scoring six goals and establishing himself as a key fixture in Arsene Wenger's midfield.

Jack Wilshere's long-term injury, and the departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, opened up a space in the Gunners midfield for Arteta, who took the opportunity with both hands.

But Wenger faces an anxious summer as several of his star players come towards the end of their contracts. Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott both only have a year left on their Arsenal deals, and the Gunners boss is keen to tie them down to longer-term contracts.

But, unlike Arteta, both players are taking part in Euro 2012, and will not be discussing new deals until after the tournament.

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