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Arteta To Discuss New Deal

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
Date:Tuesday June 5 2012
Time: 1:17PM


Why now? Excellent season.. But dunno why a pay rise after 1 season? Didnt we do the same with Denilson and Eboue?
05/06/2012 15:19:00
Probably agreed last summer cos the deal was so rushed.
Little Dutch
05/06/2012 15:37:00
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.
05/06/2012 15:56:00
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?
05/06/2012 15:59:00
Ha! That would be nice NG. Somehow though, I don't see many players signing up for that!
Little Dutch
05/06/2012 16:22:00
The irony of it.
05/06/2012 17:10:00
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.
06/06/2012 09:25:00
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.
06/06/2012 09:27:00
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
06/06/2012 09:54:00
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
06/06/2012 15:56:00
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