Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to be handed a new two-year deal with the club determined by Arsenal to drive interest away from Manchester City.
The 39-year-old, who spent time at the Etihad as Pep Guardiola’s No 2, is tied at the Emirates until 2023.
This means his contract will expire at the same time as Guardiola’s at City.
And, despite Arsenal finishing eighth in the Premier League in each of Arteta’s two years in charge, rumors are swirling that he could be the successor to his Spanish compatriot at the Etihad.
The Gunners are determined not to let that happen and according to the Daily Mail, Arteta will be offered a new contract before the end of the season.
He says the former Everton midfielder is happy at the club and would welcome talks to extend his stay.
And any extension would give him a pay raise on his £5 million-a-year salary in north London.
Just last month Arteta announced that he had not held any talks with Arsenal as he said he was not looking forward to his future.
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In a pre-match press conference before the 4–1 win against Leeds, he said: “No, we haven’t discussed anything like that.
“I think we have a lot of other priorities at the moment that are more important than that.
“I do not know [if we will have talks in the summer]Actually I’m not thinking about it.
“I am just trying to get the best out of the team, trying to deal with all the situations that we are facing at the moment. Things will happen naturally.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola also commented on his future ahead of City’s clash outside Southampton on Saturday.
He commented: “I’m not good enough to think far. My future always depends on results.
“So, play Southampton [on Saturday]then get some rest [carry on] And at the end of the season we’ll see what happens.”
Before adding: “My decision [when to leave City] To be taken with the club. He gave me everything so that I could not deceive him. Or do anything wrong with them. It will not be good.
“We decided to come together and extend my contract twice [until now] and it will be the same [in future]: It depends how they feel about me, how I feel myself in the club.
“Now 24 hours a day I never think about what is going to happen away. The end of the season in football is far from over. ,
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