Real Sociedad manager David Moyes wants to be re-united with former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta when the Spaniard's current Arsenal contract runs out in the summer, according to The Sun.
Despite this interest from Spain, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen for the 34 year old to extend his contract for another year, saying that he "has huge experience and is very important in the squad".
However, the Gunners have a strict policy of not granting more than a one-year extension to any players over 33, meaning that the Spaniard could be forced to look overseas to secure more playing-time in the long term.
Reunited with Moyes
In addition, Wenger's reluctance to reassure the player that he will feature regularly next season has paved the way for a potential return to his native Basque country alongside his former manager David Moyes at Real Sociedad.
It was the Scot who initially bought Arteta to the Premier League when he was signed by Everton from Rangers in 2005 before selling him to Arsenal six years later.
However, the two men have always maintained a good relationship and the Scot believes that Arteta's leadership skills, for which he was rewarded with the captain's armband at Goodison Park, would come as a huge boost at Real Sociedad.
On top of all of this, the emergence of Francis Coquelin in Arteta's preferred holding midfield position is another reason why talk of this potential transfer is perhaps not as preposterous as one might think. However, whether Arsene Wenger will agree to off-loading one of his most experienced players remains to be seen.
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