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Mike Arteta extends Arsenal’s contract until 2025

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta has extended his contract with the Gunners until 2025 saying he is happy his ideology fits into what the Arsenal board wants for the club.

The 40 years old manager who has taken Arsenal to fourth on the Premier League table, a position which had been out of sight since 2017, hopes to build the North London club to compete fiercely with European greats.

The Spaniard signed for Arsenal in 2019 and won his first silverware in 2020 when Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup final to lift the trophy.

Following the success over the Blues at Wembley, Arsenal sustained the winning relics over Jurgen Klopp as they dismantled Liverpool in the Community Shield clash to lift the trophy.

Though Arsenal had a poor run of form midway in the 2021/2022 season, Arteta has been able to find the best rhythm to stabilize the team which has propelled them to leapfrog teams along the line to occupy the Champions League spot.

“I’m excited, grateful and happy today. When I spoke to Josh [Kroenke] he could see the club at the same point and he wanted to take the club the way I wanted to do it. So everything that he’s said, and that Stan has said when I’ve been together with both of them, they’ve always delivered,” Arteta said after signing a new deal with Arsenal.

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“We want to take the club to the next level and to compete really with the top teams. To do that, we have to be playing in the Champions League.

“We have to be able to evolve the team, improve our players, improve all departments, generate even more connections with our fans, improve the atmosphere at the Emirates, be able to recruit top, top talent and the best people for this club to drive this project to that level,” he added.

Arsenal despite occupying the fourth place in the Premier League table, have four matches left to run including the crucial match against fellow top-four contender and fierce rival Tottenham and relegation-struggling side Everton.

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