Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has hinted that a contract extension this summer is something of a forgone conclusion, with the midfielder claiming it would take just “five minutes” to sort out his future with the club.
The terms of Arteta’s current Arsenal deal will expire at the end of this season and, despite the injury troubles he has endured, it is expected that the 33-year-old will be afforded another year by Arsene Wenger.
There are, however, no guarantees in football and the emergence of Francis Coquelin as well as links to James Milner have raised doubts over Arteta, but he is confident all will be agreed come the season’s conclusion.
"My only aim is to get back fit and try to perform on the pitch,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“As long as I do that I am sure that I will continue with this club, with the relationship I have with the club and the respect I have from everybody here.
"If I don't do that then I am not going to be here because I don't want to be somewhere where I cannot perform at my best and give what I think I can give.
"In May, when everything is fine, we will sit down and talk and it will take five minutes."
Arteta himself as been linked with a move to Real Sociedad - a club where he spent a season - and a switch back to San Sebastian would see him reunited with former Everton manager David Moyes.
It was from Everton that Arteta joined Arsenal almost four years ago and he has since made over 100 appearances for the north London club, earning the armband on a full-time basis for this season.
Arteta has, however, been absent since November having sustained an ankle injury in the Champions League defeat of Borussia Dortmund. He will return to a side in which he no longer fits, although his experience will be important in a rather young midfield.
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