Mikel Arteta has finally singed a new one-year contract with Arsenal after agreeing the deal in principle months ago, reports The Mirror.
It was originally reported last September that Arteta had agreed to extend his stay in north London to 2016, but a serious calf injury seemed to delay confirmation.
His contract was allowed to run into its final weeks and actually expired on June 30 but it is now claimed that the 33-year-old will be an Arsenal player for at least one more year.
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The uncapped Spanish star had several lucrative offers to return to Spain, but rejected them all to commit himself to the Gunners. He will now travel with the squad for the club's pre-season tour of Asia.
Arteta has not played for Arsenal since last November, where he was forced off during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund with a serious calf injury.
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He was closing in on a return to full fitness by the time Arsenal won the FA Cup and was seen lifting the trophy alongside Per Mertesacker despite failing to feature in the competition.
As the club captain, Mertesacker insisted that Arteta took part in the celebrations and was also seen addressing the crowd during the victory parade around the Emirates.
Now Arteta has signed a new deal it raises the possibility of Arsene Wenger dropping plans to sign another midfielder this summer.
Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin was seen a priority target for the Gunners this summer, but Wenger seems to have been put off by the £25million price tag. Manchester United are also believed to be willing to trump Arsenal, leaving them in a difficult position.
Arsenal already have many midfield options, at least when all are fit, with the emergence of Francis Coquelin as a holding midfielder also playing a significant part in keeping Wenger out of the transfer market.
Mathieu Flamini is also capable of playing the role although other publications have claimed Arsenal are actively trying to sell the Frenchman for as little as £1m.
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