Mikel Arteta is pleased with his new Arsenal deal.
The midfielder penned a new one-year contract after a season when he suffered badly from injuries and witnessed the emergence of Francis Coquelin in his deep midfield role.
“My first option as always to be here,” said the Arsenal captain on the Gunners website
“I’m really happy here, my family is settled here and I wasn’t looking at anything else unless they said: ‘Mikel, you cannot do it any more’.
“I had to decide whether I could go for another good season here and I believe I can. We had a chat in mid-season with the manager. I knew exactly what he was thinking and my decision was always to stay so I was relaxed about signing.
“So we left it to the end, we signed and I’m so pleased to stay here.”