Mikel Arteta has signed a a one-year extension to his current Arsenal contract.

The midfielder, who was out of contract in the summer, will now stay with the club until at least 2016 according to his agent, Inaki Ibanex, who told the footmercato.net

Mikel is no longer free next June, because he now has an extra year on his contract.

Arteta is currently sidelined and is not expected to be back until towards the end of the season after undergoing surgery with Per Mertesacker, Arsenal’s deputy, taking over captaincy duties in his absence.

The Spaniard has struggled with injury for most of this season making only seven league appearances.

Arriving on deadline day in 2011, Arteta has made a total of 135 appearances for Arsenal and will turn 33 in March.

Other players who are out of contract in the summer include Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Flamini and Chuba Akpom.

Arsene Wenger has spoken about Coquelin and that he believes he will get the Frenchman to sign a new deal. Meanwhile, Akpom is believed to be stalling on a new Arsenal contract with a number of top clubs already offering him a deal.

There has been no word on a new deal for Flamini at this point.