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Mikel Arteta extends his contract with Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has put pen-to-paper on a new deal that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2025.

The Spaniard was appointed in December 2019 and led his side to FA Cup glory in his first season at the helm of affairs.

However, Arsenal have had to make do with consecutive eighth-place finishes under Arteta but that looks set to change with the Gunners currently sitting fourth in the Premier League table four games to the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

Following in the footsteps of Jurgen Klopp, Arteta becomes the second high-profile manager to sign a contract extension in the last 10 days and the former Gunners midfielder was pleased to have extended his stay in North London.

“I’m excited, grateful and really, really happy today,” Arteta told Arsenal’s official website.

When I spoke to Josh [Kroenke] he could see the club at the same point and he wanted to take the club the way I wanted to do it.

“So everything that he’s said, and that Stan has said when I’ve been together with both of them, they’ve always delivered.

“We want to take the club to the next level and to compete really with the top teams. In order to do that, we have to be playing in the Champions League.”

Arteta’s new contract is a well-deserved reward as the ex-Manchester City assistant manager is on course to guide Arsenal back to the Champions League after a five-year absence.

The North Londoners currently lead city rivals Tottenham Hotspur by two points in the race for fourth place ahead of Sunday’s clash against Leeds United where Arteta will be looking to pick up three very crucial points.

In addition to Arteta,  Arsenal Women head coach Jonas Eidevall has also signed a new deal after an impressive debut season in which he has taken the Women’s Super League title race down to the wire.

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