Arsenal are confident that Mikel Arteta will commit to a new long-term contract with the club as Paris Saint-Germain monitor the situation, football.london understands. The Gunners are on course to finish in the Champions League spots after their fifth win a row as they beat Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
Arteta, 39, has won an FA Cup and Community Shield during his two news at Emirates Stadium, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023. However, it is expected that the Spaniard will commit to the club despite interest from French giants Paris Saint -Germain.
As football.londonreported last month, Arsenal are set to offer their manager a new contract at the end of the current season. Mauricio Pochettino is expected to leave PSG in the summer and Arteta is among the names on a managerial shortlist who is being looked at.
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Arteta started his career at Barcelona but failed to make a single first-team appearance, before joining PSG in 1999. He is said to welcome the idea of ’one day’ becoming Barcelona manager but remains fully focused on achieving his objectives with Arsenal, with the club on course to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in five years.
Arteta recently flew to Denver, Colorado where he met with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke at a National League hockey game. Talks were centered around Arsenal’s January transfer window planning and further plans were made for the summer, with Arteta hopeful of bringing in at least three new players to bolster the Gunners squad.
As reported by football.london last season, there is general belief among those in the Premier League and beyond is that Arteta will go on to become one of the best coaches in world football, utilizing his tactical knowledge gained during his time working alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. He has a significant eye for detail and the team he’s built around him at Arsenal possesses the perfect balance of experience and younger coaches, with a heavy focus on using video analysis to improve the players.
This season, he has molded the youngest squad in the Premier League into a team capable of playing fluid, attractive football and shown that he has zero tolerance for any players who go against what he’s trying to build.
“It is just that I am really happy here and my aim is to build with the club a winning team that when we watch it feels identifiable and that can transmit what we want football-wise and as an organization,” Arteta said last month. “I am happy with the direction we’re taking, but I’m not happy with where we are that is for sure because we want to be competing and challenging with the best teams in this league in consecutive seasons.
“We’re not there yet but I think the team is evolving in the right direction. The project and the phases that we proposed, they are happening and there are a lot positives but we are not there.”
Arsenal face Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday night before facing another tricky test against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon. The Gunners are in pole position to take the fourth Champions League spot after leapfrogging Manchester United this weekend, and hold games in hand on all competitors for fourth place.