Posted on Friday, 8th June 2012 by Taaza
We’ve heard so much talk about extending the contracts of players. Of course the ones who are coming to the end of their respective ones should be top priority, but the outstanding performers equally deserve something extra for their displays.
A good example would be Mikel Arteta. When he signed for us last season from Everton for £10 million he took a £10k pay cut when he agreed a four-year deal worth £60k-a-week.
Well Its been reported that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will meet Arteta’s representatives to discuss an improved contract for the midfielder, following an impressive first season at Arsenal from the 30-year-old Spaniard.
Does he deserve an improved deal? There is no doubt in my mind that he does.
Arteta has clearly established himself as a key member of the team. When he missed the final month of the season with ankle ligament damage we could clearly see he was missed in the middle of the park. The number of games we won without him could be counted on one hand. It’s like we lost the horse to our cart.
Arteta scored six goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, not a great return, but his influence on the squad defensively and in attack were there for all to see.
He’s the kind of player we need to keep playing and not demote to the bench as has been done with many players who hit the 30 mark. We’ve often lacked experience on the pitch but we find that in players like Arteta.
We don’t have to look to far too see what seasoned players can bring to a team. Look at the influence Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have had at Manchester United over the years. I feel if we can keep Arteta happy then he could have the same effect if not greater considering the fact that he is younger than the United duo.
Let’s hope Mikel gets the pay rise he deserves.
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