Arteta signs new contract with Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has signed a new 12-month contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of next season, Sky Sports has reported.

The Spaniard had entered the final few months of his current deal and is out of action until April after undergoing surgery to repair damage to his ankle. He has been at the Emirates Stadium since August 2011 when he joined from Everton.

In that time, he has helped them end a nine-year trophy drought with the 2013-14 FA Cup, and has made 136 appearances for Arsenal and scored 16 goals, several of which have come from the penalty spot. This season he took over from Thomas Vermaelen as club captain, but has found himself in and out of the starting XI.

The news was confirmed by the 32-year-old’s agent, after Everton has been linked with making a bid to bring him back to Merseyside. During his career, Arteta has also represented Real Sociedad, Paris St. Germain and Rangers.

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