Mikel Arteta signs new one-year extension with Arsenal

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Despite Mikel Arteta's contract expiring this summer, Arsene Wenger has moved to keep the Spanish international for a further year but has warned the midfielder he 'faces a battle' for his place.

Arsenal have confirmed that Spanish international midfielder Mikel Arteta has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.

The Spanish international signed for the Gunners in 2011 after completing a move from Premier League rivals Everton.

Last season the 33-year-old midfielder made only 11 starts for the London club and his future was certainly unsure after a season of injury misfortune. However Arsene Wenger is delighted to have the midfielder for a further season.

"He will stay with us for one more year because he has extended his contract," Wenger told the club's official website.

"He's one of the leaders in the club because he's the captain of the team. I expect him to contribute much more than last season but he also faces a battle.

"With the number of games we have ahead, we could use his experience, his desire and his quality as it will be vital for next season."

Has Arsene Wenger just made a big mistake by handing Arteta a contract?

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