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No New Deal For Arsenal Midfielder Mikel Arteta

Basque’s current contract expires in less than 18 months’ time. 

Arsenal have no plans to hand midfielder Mikel Arteta a new contract at the Emirates at the end of the season, according to reports on Goal.com.

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The Basque has enjoyed an impressive campaign in the centre of the park for the north London club, however, at times the player has also struggled when coming up against top-class opposition such as Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

And with Arteta now 32 and with his contract at the Emirates now only running until June 2015, it appears as though the former Everton captain’s days in north London are numbered with Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger set to purchase at least one world-class central midfielder when the summer transfer window reopens for business on July 1.

The experienced French trainer has already sanctioned contract extensions for the likes of Tomas Rosicky, 33, Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla, both 29, however, it does seem increasingly unlikely now that Arteta will also be offered a new deal this summer, especially as the club do expect to have the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil all back playing more regularly next season.