Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta intends to sit down with the club in the summer to discuss his long-term future at the Emirates.
Arteta has just 12 months to run on his current deal at the club and Arsenal have a policy that they only offer 12-month extensions to players over the age of 30.
Arteta who was 32 in March, has been a regular in Arsene Wenger’s side this season and has made 42 appearances this season.
Arteta is unsure if the club are planning to change their policy regarding contracts, but feels that he is still an asset to Arsenal.
Arteta speaking on the eve of the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium said :
“I don’t know what is going to happen. With players over 30 they have a policy and I don’t know if they plan change it or maintain it.
Depending on what their mind is I will give them my opinion and how I see it.
I don’t value players by age, whether it is Tomas Rosicky or Jack Wilshere. I analyse many other things before age.
For the club, it can be an asset. For me, a much bigger asset is someone who has played over 125 games in three years compared to someone who has played 25 and is 20.
I understand the club’s point of view – Mikel is not a £25million player because he is not 22 anymore – but I know what I can give.
So it is to find the right balance between mentalities is something that we need to analyse and talk about.”