Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has successfully penned a new deal at the club to ensure his stay for at least another year, the Daily Star reports.
The 32-year-old’s previous contract would have expired at the end of the current campaign and he would then be available to join any interested team on a free transfer.
However, Arteta has decided against leaving the Emirates with his agent, Inaki Ibanez, confirming that his client has indeed signed a new contract to ensure his stay.
“Mikel is no longer free next June because he now has an extra year on his contract,” Ibanez said.
The Spaniard has only made seven Premier League appearances so far this season, last appearing in November after picking up a serious ankle injury.
He also recently had surgery in order to fix this recurring problem and is tipped to miss another three months of football, a situation that may cause Arsene Wenger to sign some extra reinforcements.