The Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was given a one-year extension by Arsene Wenger last summer, but only managed to make two starts in the whole campaign due to ongoing injury problems. He still made good use of the year by studying for his coaching exams and working with the youth sides to gain extra experience on the coaching side.
Granit Xhaka is reported to have flown into England to complete a medical with Arsenal ahead of his proposed move from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Swiss international midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to North-London, with the Gunners believed to have scouts keeping an eye on him for much of the year.
Arteta officially calls time on his professional career!
After what was a rather remarkable way of ending yet another Premier League season with plenty of twists and turns, Arsenal’s captain Mikel Arteta officially confirmed the expected, in that he was retiring from the professional game.
Saying Goodbye to Arsenal Players this Sunday!
Arsenal play their final game of the season this Sunday against relegated Aston Villa at home. In a game that Arsenal should definitely win (not jinxing it), it will be a chance to say goodbye to some of Arsenal’s current long serving players.
Arsenal are claimed to be set to offer Thierry Henry a new role as coach of the Under-18 side, while Mikel Arteta is believed to be offered the chance to join the coaching staff also.
It looks almost certain now that Arsene Wenger will have to appoint a new player as the captain of Arsenal Football Club in the summer, even though the current holder of the position Mikel Arteta is fit to play again and the boss reckons that he could still do a job on the pitch at 34 years of age.
If Arsenal fans do not get their wish and get a new manager in to replace Arsene Wenger before the start of next season, then at least we want the Frenchman to take notice of our anger and frustration, see the reasons behind it and do something about it.
Mikel Arteta is said to have been ‘sounded out‘ to join Pep Guardiola’s coaching set-up at Manchester City for the upcoming season.
The Spanish boss agreed to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season, and is expected to make wholesale changes at the Etihad on his arrival.