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Mikel Arteta extends Arsenal contract to 2016

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Mikel Arteta has become the latest Arsenal player to sign a new contract after agreeing a one-year extension to take him to 2016, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Gunners will announce the deal during the upcoming international break along with official confirmation of Olivier Giroud's new contract. Giroud agreed a two-year extension to his current deal, keeping him in north London until 2018.

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Arteta success

Arteta, 32, has only months remaining on his current contract. The Spanish midfielder originally signed a four-year deal worth £60,000-a-week when joining from Everton in 2011 for £10 million.

The Spaniard has been a successful signing for Arsenal, costing Arsene Wenger £10 million. Arteta's fine form and leadership was rewarded in the summer as he replaced Thomas Vermaelen as the club's captain.

Arteta has successfully adapted to a defensive midfield position at Arsenal and is widely regarded as one of the best passers in the Premier League. According to Whoscored.com, he completes a higher percentage of passes than any other player.

Stability

News of Arteta's agreement will come as another boost to Wenger, who is attempting to keep his current crop of players together. Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky have all extended their deals in the last few months, adding emphasis to Wenger's ambition.

Giroud, who has scored 41 goals for Arsenal since joining in 2012, has already agreed a new deal, as confirmed by Wenger on Tuesday.

He told reporters: “It is done. It will be done. We will announce it when it is completely finished.

“We want stability and we want to keep the core of our team together because I am a great believer in that.

“We have a young bunch of players now, and the core of our team is now basically young English talents, and I believe as well that Giroud is an important player here.”

Walcott

Arsenal will now look to open talks with England forward Theo Walcott, whose current deal expires in 2016. Having agreed a three-and-a-half deal in January 2013, the 25-year-old is already due for renewal.

Walcott has been out since January with a serious knee injury, but is set to return to full training next week. Arsenal are confident that negotiations with Walcott will go much smoother as they did two years ago. 

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