Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta ready to sign new deal if fit

The veteran midfielder has stated that it will only take five minutes to sort out a contract extension at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have had injury concerns this season in the centre of their midfield, with a number of grist-team stars suffering from long-term injuries.

Mikel Arteta has been on the sidelines for a number of months, but is closing in on a potential return to action for the Gunners.

The veteran Spaniard is out of contract this summer but has stated that he would love to pen a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta stated that if he can get back to fitness, a new deal will be a formality.

"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 has work to do to be considered in Arsene Wenger’s first-team thinking, especially due to the emergence of Francis Coquelin this season.

The 33-year-old has been on the Gunners’ books since signing from Everton back in 2011 but has only made six Premier League starts for the North London club in 2014-15.

Along with Coquelin, Arteta has the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Toms Rosicky as competition for a place in the team.

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