Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour told talkSPORT that he’s surprised Mikel Arteta wants to stay at the club.
The Daily Star covered Arteta’s pledge to stay at the Emirates for the rest of his career, which is something Parlour has suggested doesn’t add up on the part of the player.
“I’m very surprised about that because he’s not going to play. When you get to the end of your career, for me I’d rather move away and play on a regular basis, maybe drop down a few levels or go mid-table,” said Parlour.
Arteta has been used predominantly in the holding role in recent seasons, but the emergence and progress of Francis Coquelin suggests he’s now down the pecking order in terms of that position.
Arsenal are also well covered in terms of central and attacking midfield options, which suggests that if he stays at the club beyond this season, he’ll be a squad player and little more.
He does have substantial experience and quality in terms of the way he protects possession and delivers the ball from dead ball situations.
Therefore, he could very realistically attract interest from some good clubs where he would play regularly before he retires as Parlour suggests.
As things stand, his contract expires at the end of next season according to transfermarkt and if the Gunners don’t sell him this summer, he could be put on one-year rolling deals for the rest of his career.