by Lee Hurley

Mikel Arteta has finally put pen to paper on a one-year extension at the club.

From what we can gather this is at least the third time that it has been reported that the captain has extended his deal.

According to a report in the Daily Mail the agreement now means that the Arsenal manager no longer feels any pressure to buy a defensive midfielder this summer, something that, if true, is not going to sit well with a number of fans who are desperate to see the club strengthen in that position.

But, as we’ve maintained here for some time, had the manager really wanted to add a player to his defensive midfielder armoury, it’s likely that he would have already done it by now given that it has been an issue for some time.

Arteta will be hoping that the 15/16 campaign, which will surely be his last at the club, will be significantly better than his 14/15 which was plagued with injuries.

As for what it means regarding incoming players, I guess, like always, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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