According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are currently unconcerned about the contract status of manager Mikel Arteta, who has 18 months remaining on his current deal. Arteta rejoined the club as a coach in December 2019, replacing Unai Emery, and achieved early success by securing the FA Cup trophy in his first six months, defeating top teams like Manchester City and Chelsea.
Before his managerial role, Arteta served on Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City, a position he took after retiring from playing in 2016. Despite signing a new contract in 2022 and finishing the season in second place, Arteta’s current contract situation has not prompted immediate talks about an extension.
While Arsenal fans may desire a long-term commitment from Arteta, Romano reassures that the club remains calm.
In an interview with CaughtOffside, he emphasised that discussions about Arteta’s contract are not a priority at the moment. Romano suggested that the focus is on improving on-field performance, especially after a recent downturn.
Romano stated, “Some fans have been asking me about Mikel Arteta having just 18 months left on his contract – at the moment Arsenal’s priority is to focus on the January window and getting better results on the pitch as soon as possible,” Romano said.
“There is no news on Arteta, but they’re not in a rush, they are very happy together. Arteta loves Arsenal and the club is very happy with him, so there’s no rush, all parties are relaxed.”
Despite recent struggles and being five points behind leaders Liverpool in fourth place, Arsenal are currently participating in the UEFA Champions League after a six-year hiatus. Arteta’s overall contribution to the team has been praised, and as of now, there is no urgency for contract talks.