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Arteta To Discuss New Deal

Having enjoyed a tremendous first season with Arsenal, it looks as though Mikel Arteta will renegotiate his deal this summer to reflect his performance. BBC Sport is reporting that Arteta's representatives will meet with Ivan Gazidis this week for improved terms.

I'd imagine this is something that was pre agreed last summer, when he signed in the final minutes of summer deadline day. The deal was concluded in such a rush that Arteta accepted an overall pay cut on the reported 80k a week deal he had at Everton. With time an issue, it's not impossible to speculate on a scenario whereby the two parties would have agreed to review this summer.

Many may ask if this is a priority, but with other contract situations such as Walcott and van Persie enervated by the Euros, now probably is a good time to sit with Arteta. If my suspicions are right (and they are only suspicions) that this move was pre agreed, then we'd have had to do it at some point anyway. Plus, I suspect Arsenal have more than one person that works on these sort of things! LD.




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 5 2012

Time: 1:17PM

Your Comments

Why now? Excellent season.. But dunno why a pay rise after 1 season? Didnt we do the same with Denilson and Eboue?
Sajit
Probably agreed last summer cos the deal was so rushed.
Little Dutch
Arteta deserves a pay rise, anyway, seeing as he took a pay cut to join us. Now, he has shown his value, no reason why we shouldn't give him his due and fair wage.
Naijagunner
It isn't implausible that this was pre-agreed in the summer, anyhow. The question is: why is it easier for players to re-negotiate in between the tenure of a contract and the club can't review players' wages downwards, in between, for un-met performance expectations?
Naijagunner
Ha! That would be nice NG. Somehow though, I don't see many players signing up for that!
Little Dutch
The irony of it.
Naijagunner
I thought the pay cut was off set by the extra year on his contract? Unless this was pre-agreed, this does not make sense, even though he had an excellent season.
prits
And the non action over RvP and Theo's new contracts is becoming more of a concern. The club cannot afford for players to be in control of their contracts in this manner. Contract extensions are executed well for squad players like Djourou, but they are not able to strike the right balance. Gazidis still has a lot to fix, esp after last summer and I'm not sure how he can prevent that from happening this summer as well.
prits
I thought that as well prits. It turns out he signed a four year deal with us in 2011, having signed a five year deal with Everton in 2010, so his contracts were the same length. I'm almost certain this will have been pre agreed in the rush to sign him. On a side note, Everton are totally cash strapped yet were somehow able to offer him terms on 80k a week taking him to the age of 33, which I find very odd. With Djourou, he activated an appearance clause in his contract. Which explains why he got new terms in March yet has openly hinted he'd be open to a move.
Little Dutch
No matter what clauses were activated or who allowed that to sit in his contract, the one question I have to ask is - Who the bloody hell allowed average squad players like Djourou and Diaby to earn 50k per week!!!! That is top whack at many other clubs, even squad players at Barcelona do not earn that kind of ridiculous money.
Scotch Eggs Rule
I imagine Djourou's was a bargaining tool. He signed on in 2008 and probably wanted better terms than we were offering. So, at a guess, the conversation went something like, "Tell you what, if you get to x amount of games in this contract, we'll give you the 50k a week you're looking for." The assumption being he'll be a first team player if he activates the clause. It was probably incentivised, which isn't a bad way of doing things. Issue here is that injuries mean Djourou has probably played more than you'd expect for a squad player and also he's lost some form this year. Had he been upped last January, when he was playing superbly, probably not many eyebrows raised. I get the dissatisfaction with Diaby's. The acid test for me is how much people are complaining at the time the deal is signed. When Diaby signed that deal, I have to say I didn't hear too many complaining.
Little Dutch
I'll admit to not complaining about the Diaby deal, just shaking my head in resignation....but Djourou has never convinced me, even when people were blowing smoke up his 'arris for playing 12 decent games in a season a year or so ago. He is not aggressive or assertive enough to be a top level CB imho and not worth close to 50k per week. LD You have explained what you think may of happened, but whats your opinion on his worth etc?
Scotch Eggs Rule
Difficult to put a value to a player's contribution when you are at an age where you can improve to be a big star, or remain ordinary owing to a lack of playing time and other factors. Maybe, Wenger thought the lad has potential that will make earning 50k a week look like a steal; maybe, Djourou easily resigned himself to being a mere squad player instead of fighting for the top role; maybe Wenger feels responsible for his lack of improvement. Who knows? One thing is for sure; on current form, he shouldn't be earning such top rate sums for being on the bench, nice smiley camera face or not!
Naijagunner
Difficult to put a value to a player's contribution when you are at an age where you can improve to be a big star, or remain ordinary owing to a lack of playing time and other factors. Maybe, Wenger thought the lad has potential that will make earning 50k a week look like a steal; maybe, Djourou easily resigned himself to being a mere squad player instead of fighting for the top role; maybe Wenger feels responsible for his lack of improvement. Who knows? One thing is for sure; on current form, he shouldn't be earning such top rate sums for being on the bench, nice smiley camera face or not!
Naijagunner
 

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