The Gunners are set to lose several experienced players this summer, but they should do their very best to keep the former Everton favourite at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta celebrates after Aston Villa's Mark Bunn scored an own goal and the fourth goal for Arsenal
With Manchester City expected to announce the arrival of former Arsenal and Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta as part of their coaching staff this week, it looked like the Citizens had once more raided the Gunners for someone Arsene Wenger wished to keep at the Emirates.
Earlier this week, there was plenty of coverage from the likes of the Mirror saying Arteta's retirement and switch to join up with Pep Guardiola's staff at the Etihad was as good as done, with the 34-year-old reportedly turning down similar offers from his recent employers and their rivals Tottenham.
However, Sky Sports have suggested that Arteta is still yet to decide on where his future lies.
And Arsene Wenger could do a lot worse than taking advantage of the situation to secure a man of Arteta's experience to the future of Arsenal football club, having seen Gunners legend Patrick Vieira join the Manchester City franchise several years ago.
City have already taken Frenchmen Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna from their Premier League rivals in recent seasons, but with the Gunners keen to keep their star players involved at the club upon retirement, many will feel Wenger should have done as much as possible to ensure former captain Vieira should have been made to feel his home was at the Emirates.
Instead, the World Cup winner took up developmental roles at City, and has since become manager at New York City, the Citizens' sister club in the MLS.
Though there is no suggestion that Arteta's standing at Arsenal, or in the game at large is comparable to Vieira, the former Everton man has valuable knowledge few others can claim - experience of coming through Barcelona's academy alongside extensive experience of playing in the UK.
Arsenal's Mikel Arteta during the lap of honour at the end of the match
Arteta's quality as a top level footballer for Arsenal may have been called into question somewhat over the last couple of years, but supporters would surely admit he remained one of the most technically and tactically accomplished members of the first team squad.
For Manchester City to benefit from Arteta's knowledge, much of which would have been honed by being an older player working alongside Wenger, would be huge a missed opportunity by the Londoners, and it is no surprise that Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, who played in Barcelona as Arteta emerged and then played alongside him at Paris Saint-Germain, would want a man of his qualities on their coaching staff.
Arteta recently admitted that Arsenal "left the door very open for him" to stay at the club, Wenger should do as much as he can to ensure that is the only door Arteta wishes to take.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the lap of honour at the end of the match