Arsenal transfers: Mikel Arteta eyes new Gunners contract

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta isn't worried about his Arsenal future despite his contract nearing its expiration

Mikel Arteta says he is relaxed about his Arsenal future despite the uncertainty surrounding a new Gunners contract.

The 33-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the season unless the midfielder is able to strike a new deal with the north London side.

Arteta, who moved to Arsenal from Everton in 2011, is currently out-of-action due to an ankle injury which has kept the experienced Spaniard sidelined since November.

But the Gunners captain isn’t concerned about his long-term future at Emirates Stadium, adding that he is focus is on making a successful return to action.

“My only aim is to get back fit and try to perform on the pitch,” Arteta is quoted as saying by Goal.com.

“As long as I do that I am sure that I will continue with this club, with the relationship I have with the club and the respect I have from everybody here.

“If I don’t do that then I am not going to be here because I don’t want to be somewhere where I cannot perform at my best and give what I think I can give.

“In May, when everything is fine, we will sit down and talk and it will take five minutes.”

Arteta has made just 12 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side in an injury-hit campaign.

The Gunners face Reading in the weekend’s first FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday evening.

Arsenal won their first trophy in nine years last season after a 3-2 extra-time victory over Hull City.

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