Mikel Arteta to speak with Arsenal over improved contract

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
Mikel Arteta

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will meet Mikel Arteta's representatives this week to discuss an improved contract for the midfielder.

Arteta, 30, is understood to have taken a pay cut of £10,000 a week to sign from Everton for £10m last summer.

The midfielder signed a four-year deal worth a reported £60,000 a week and has asked the club to review that following an impressive first season.

Arteta scored six goals in 38 games in all competitions for Arsenal.

He started the 2011-12 campaign at Everton, playing three games before joining the Gunners for £10m on the final day of the transfer window last August.

The Spaniard established himself as a key member of the Arsenal side that finished third in the Premier League, but missed the final month of the season with ankle ligament damage.

Arteta joined Everton from Real Sociedad in 2005 after spells at Rangers and Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal are yet to hold contract talks with winger Theo Walcott, who is on England duty at Euro 2012, and there are no developments in their negotiations with captain Robin van Persie. Both players have a year left on their contracts.

Meanwhile, Arsenal do not expect midfielder Jack Wilshere's return from injury to be delayed by a minor knee operation.

The 20-year-old underwent surgery in Sweden on 22 May and hopes to join the squad for pre-season training on 9 July.

A stress fracture to his right ankle saw Wilshere miss the entire 2011-12 campaign and end his hopes of playing for England at Euro 2012.

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