Arsenal’s club captain, Mikel Arteta, has signed on for another year at the Emirates, after it looked as though he might leave following a lengthy delay in the signing of his contract, which was reportedly agreed months ago.
Arteta, who is now 33-years-old, missed a lot of last season through injury, and now faces an uphill challenge to break back into a hugely competitive Arsenal midfield which has seen Coquelin make Arteta’s position his own.
Reports in Spain have suggested that a number of clubs in La Liga have been interested in signing the Spaniard who has a wealth of experience and was brought up in the Barcelona academy before moving to the UK.
But does this mean Arsene Wenger is no longer intending to bring in additional midfield reinforcements? Having not so long ago signed Tomas Rosicky for another year as well.
Arsenal have been linked with a host of defensive midfielders, including Morgan Schneiderlin, Arturo Vidal, Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon, and even Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan. None of whom look any closer to actually signing for Arsenal.
With Francis Coquelin’s new emergence on the scene, and Jack Wilshere, who is familiar with that deep midfield position for England and has reportedly trained over his summer break following some good post-injury form, Arsenal have a wealth of options in the centre.
When you also consider the midfield engine that is Aaron Ramsey, two of Arsenal’s stand out players last year, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, not to mention the experienced heads of Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini, then suddenly there is a distinct lack of space in the squad.
Surely at least one of these players will need to make way before Arsenal sign another midfielder, but it now appears that this midfielder will not be Mikel Arteta.