Mikel Arteta has become the subject of a lot of criticism recently, with many fans believing that the Spanish midfielder is no longer good enough to be at the club. The main talking points surrounding Arteta are that he is too old to operate at an good enough level to contribute to the team, and that his legs are no longer what they used to be. This criticism has intensified since the summer transfer window slammed shut and Arsène Wenger failed to sign a proper defensive midfielder, meaning Arteta was left, along with Flamini, to cover the role.
However, reports have just surfaced that Arteta has agreed a 1-year contract extension, which will keep him at the club until 2016. At a time when Arsenal are struggling to find form, news that a player who is wanted out of the club by a significant number of people is likely to further the unrest among some Arsenal fans.
Here’s how Twitter has reacted to the news:
Cannot believe that we've extended Arteta's contract if I'm honest, seems ridiculous. Constant injuries, legs have gone, but new deal?!!
— Tom (@Tomthegunner) November 11, 2014
ONFGGGG WE GAVE ARTETA NEW CONTRACT HAHSHSHAHA MEDIOCRE CLUB
— Halo (@db10Halo) November 11, 2014
Mikel Arteta has the PL's best pass completion record at 94.7%. He's past his prime, but he's the best Arsenal have in that role.
— Michael H. (@ChopAttack) November 11, 2014
Arteta would be good in a squad role, playing against lower league sides, but that won't happen and he'll start against teams like Chelsea.
— Zcott (@ZcottAFC) November 11, 2014
Im happy Arteta has been given a new deal… I feel like im a minority haha
— DK (@antwond1405) November 11, 2014
Arteta has signed a new contract? Yeah I'm supporting Watford from now on….
— Özil Wizardry (@OzilWizardry) November 11, 2014
Obviously extending a now Injury prone Arteta means no holding player more of the same just waiting for another 6.0 now before end of season
— SpecialistInFailure (@capitalgooner) November 11, 2014
Arteta one year extension? Arsenal fans kiss your DM signing goodbye
— ♥DatNigerianGooner♪ (@amazin_kal) November 11, 2014
Arteta must have the best agent in the world getting another years contract. Wenger needs to go.
— Liam Dickson (@dicks0n) November 11, 2014
Arteta signing a new contract is good if he is just a squad player. But right now he isn't.
— Naz (@Naz_AFC1) November 11, 2014
Who have we offended? How did Arteta win a new contract?
— Brian (@Omachee_) November 11, 2014