Arsene Wenger expects his new captain, Mikel Arteta, to extend his Arsenal contract beyond the end of the season.
Wenger has recently announced Arteta as Arsenal’s new skipper following the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona.
The Arsenal boss is believed to still be in the market for a defensive midfielder as a long-term replacement for Arteta.
The 32-year-old’s future has been thrown into doubt this summer, with speculation suggesting both Athletic Bilbao and Fiorentina are keen to acquire his services.
However, Wenger is confident that Arteta is prepared to extend his three-year stay at the Emirates.
“He is a strong personality, Mikel Arteta.
“It’s not done at the moment, but I don’t really doubt that he will extend his contract.”
Arsenal’s policy of not offering more than a one-year extension to players over 30 is thought to be the main reason behind Arteta’s current reluctance to re-sign.
Arteta was forced to shoulder much blame last season following Arsenal’s collapses against Liverpool and Chelsea, with many fans believing he to be at fault for many of the side’s shortcomings.
The Spaniard has been a regular feature in the Arsenal side since his switch from Everton in 2011, and has scored 15 times for the Gunners.