Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has claimed that a new contract for the Gunners will take just five minutes to sort out, though it will have to wait until his is fully fit.
The Spaniard, who joined from Everton in 2011, has yet to pen a new deal at the Emirates Stadium as he looks to recover from a reasonably long standing injury which has limited the 33-year old to just six Premier League starts this season.
Despite that, the former Barcelona man believes he can still contribute to at the top level and signing a contract is simply a matter of course.
Quoted in The Express he said, “As long as I do that I feel that I will continue at this club. With the relations I have with the club, with the respect “I have from everybody here, I’m really happy,
“If I don’t do that I’m 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 will be missing for the Gunners’ FA Cup semi final at Wembley against Reading this weekend, but believes the side’s recent good run of form has taken the pressure off his recovery.
“I don’t know but the team is doing so well that we don’t really need the numbers,” he added.
“I think it’s good when you are away and the team is doing well.
“The way we are performing and getting results, it takes a bit of pressure off the players.
“We need to go game by game. The massive one now is Saturday.”
The midfielder knows how important winning trophies are to Arsenal fans, and the club as a whole, and claims the players will be doing everything in their power to retain the FA Cup, following their win last year.
“We know how nice it is to be at Wembley and win a trophy.
“We want to replicate what we did last year.
“On a personal level I’ve been very frustrated when you cannot perform, when you can’t be out there training on a daily basis.
“It makes it really hard but it is part of the job. We’ve all been there.
“Unfortunately this season we’ve have more injuries than ever
“It has been frustrating. I’m trying my best to get back to the level I want to be at and whenever it comes I will take it.”