Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere and the other potential candidates for the Arsenal captaincy will have to wait one more year to get the armband full time as Mikel Arteta has earned a contract extension to stay on at the Emirates till the end of June 2016 according to the Daily Star.
Though yet to be certified by the club, Arteta’s agent made the allusion that his client will not be free to negotiate with interested clubs during the final weeks of this window as he remains bond to the club for a further year.
The former Everton man has played just 12 matches this season and the rise of Francis Coquelin has put his Arsenal future in doubt as he continues to battle with injuries.
His experience and influence in the dressing room means Wenger must have had a good reason to offer Arteta an extension, even with the further option of an extra year beyond the 2015/2016 season based on a certain number of games played and other details.
The general view of most gooners is that Arteta has undoubtedly been the loyal servant to the club having come in as part of the rescue squad in 2011. He has been relied on by Wenger to operate in the defensive midfield, acting as the man who balances play. Arteta, though, has never been a defensive midfielder and though he had done pretty well over the past few years, it is only reasonable that we get the proper man for the job.
He played a captaining role in the club’s most successful period in 9 years, joining Vermaelen in lifting the FA Cup in May, and taking all the pains of the Community Shield plate all by himself.
Arteta has become more of an Arsenal man than he ever was a hero at Goodison Park. Perhaps not enjoying the same goal scoring prowess, he has taken up the role of leader and motivator in the team, someone to whom the younger players look up to. His role in helping the Spanish arrivals settle into the team cannot be estimated as the likes of Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal were able to easily settle into the environment around the Emirates due to Arteta’s influence, not only due to his long stay in England, but also in London.
He may not be delivering as much ‘tekkers’ as Rosicky but the experience of the duo can be goo in helping the younger players settle into the Arsenal philosophy. New arrivals will need older heads to bring them up to speed with what is required to don the red and white of the Arsenal.
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