Arsene Wenger has been quoted by London24 providing an update on the future of Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta.
Wenger has confirmed that a deal for the experienced Spaniard is close, which would likely keep him tied down to the club until the end of the 2016/2017 campaign.
“Yes he has a part to play. He went up to the lift the trophy up. Of course he feels a little less part of it because he wasn’t in the squad today but he will be next season,” he said.
“I think he has nearly signed.”
Arteta’s experience makes him a good player for Wenger to have in his squad over the next two seasons across all competitions.
However, he has been pushed down the pecking order as a holding midfielder and as someone who plays a bit further forward in the middle of the team.
If he signs on the dotted line then he’ll likely have to accept that he’s not going to be first choice and will only come into the team as a result of injury, suspension or in one of the cup competitions when Wenger wants to rest players.
Arteta could realistically command a good a move away from the club, but looks less likely to make that happen based on the manager’s latest update.