Arsenal Star Set For Contract Talks With Wenger, Says: “I Am Only Going To Stay If They Really Want Me To”

The transfer window at the Emirates is set to kick off, with the end of the Arsenal season just a few hours away, following the Gunners last match of the season being against Hull City at Wembley for the FA Cup Final.

Mikel Arteta has revealed he’s set to sit down with Arsene Wenger to discuss an extension to his present deal.

The 32-year-old joined Arsenal in August 2011 in a deadline day deal from Everton.

In the three seasons in north London he’s made 123 appearances and scored 15 goals for the Gunners. And the Spaniard will have one year remaining on his deal at the end of the season.
Arteta told The Guardian:

“I will talk to them this summer and see what they want to do.  

“I am only going to stay if they really want me to stay and I feel productive.  

“The day I feel like I can’t perform, I will be the first one to say: ‘Listen, you have kids here, 20, 25, who are much better than me. It’s my time to move on.’ 

“They’re not going to have a problem with me with that.”

He added:

“I know the history of this club with players over 30 and I don’t know if they are planning to change it or maintain it. I will give them my opinion.”

The Spaniard should be in contention for the Gunners at Wembley against Hull City in the FA Cup final set to take place in less than 24 hours from now. And a win for the Gunners will see the assistant captain who has taken part in many of the major games for Arsenal this season lift his first title since joining the North London club.

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