Mikel Arteta has signed a new one-year contract extension with Arsenal, according to his agent Inaki Ibanez.
The Spanish midfielder’s contract was set to expire this summer - four years after joining the Gunners from Everton in a £10 million deal - but Ibanez has been quoted by ESPN as claiming his client has put pen-to-paper on a new contract.
"Mikel is no longer free next June, because he now has an extra year on his contract," Ibanez told reporters.
That Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Arteta may surprise some of the clubs fans, who feel the former Everton star’s best days are now behind him.
Furthermore, Arteta is currently injured and will not be back until the final weeks of the campaign after undergoing surgery on his left ankle earlier this month.
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Luis Suarez to Arsenal?
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is understood to be considering a shock move to sign Barcelona’s world-class forward Luis Suarez, according to The Sun.
Wenger has reportedly made the former Liverpool star - who scored 31 Premier League goals from 33 appearances last season - his number one summer transfer target following a difficult start to life at the Camp Nou.
Arsenal will have big money to sign on a top-class striker, and Wenger appears to feel Suarez would be perfect for the Gunners - just as he did in the summer of 2013, when the Gunners submitted a £40 million plus an additional £1 bid for the prolific forward.
Gareth Bale makes Arsenal confession
And if Arsenal’s pursuit of Suarez ends in disappointment, perhaps Wenger will turn his attention to Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale after his latest comments.
The former Tottenham ace has admitted in an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER that he used to support Arsenal as a boy and looked up to Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.
However, the Wales international insists he is more than happy at the Bernabeu and has no desire to join Manchester United - or any other club - this summer.
Although it’s pure fantasy, would Arsenal fans accept Bale at the Emirates Stadium in the future? Have your say in the comments section below.