Mikel Arteta has extended his contract with Arsenal for another two years, emphasizing the necessity of earning a return to the Champions League in order to fight with the finest clubs in the country.
Following the Spaniard’s arrival in December 2019, Arsenal announced on Friday morning that Arteta has signed a three-year contract through the conclusion of the 2024-25 season, having had 12 months left on his previous term.
The club issued a double statement, confirming a new contract for Arsenal Women’s manager Jonas Eidevall, who joined earlier this season and has now been extended until the end of the 2023-24 season.
Should they finish in the top four this season, Mikel Arteta stressed the necessity of securing a return to Europe’s elite table for the first time in six years in order to stay competitive in the Premier League.
Arsenal hasn’t finished fourth in the Premier League since 2015-16, and are two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur with four games remaining.
“I’m thrilled, grateful, and overjoyed today,” Arteta added.
“When I met with Josh [Kroenke, Arsenal director], he saw the club in the same light as I did, and he wanted to lead the club in the direction I envisioned.” So everything he’s stated, and everything Stan [Kroenke, Arsenal owner] has said, they’ve always delivered when I’ve been with both of them.
“We want to push the club to the next level and compete with the best teams in the world.” To do this, we must compete in the Champions League. To take this initiative to the next level, we need to be able to evolve the team, improve our players, enhance all departments, create an even greater connection with our supporters, increase the atmosphere at the Emirates, and be able to attract top, top talent and the best people for our club.”
Eidevall, like Arteta, is in the last round of the Women’s Super League this weekend with their season hopes on the line, with only a point separating Arsenal and leaders Chelsea.
Arsenal’s win over West Ham on Sunday may not be enough to secure their first league title since the 2018/19 season, as they must outperform Chelsea against Manchester United.
“It’s fantastic,” Eidevall exclaimed. “That allows me to continue working for a club that I adore, to be among people I adore, and to be able to do things with them, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Arsenal’s season is on the line, but they are making progress.
Some Arsenal fans will wait till the Premier League season is over before passing judgment on this season, and by extension, Mikel Arteta. Within the club, however, the manager’s opinion will not be influenced by whether Arsenal finishes fourth, as they now do, or fifth or sixth.
Of course, a Champions League spot is the ultimate goal, and Arsenal’s executives understand that they won’t be able to consistently fight for big prizes until they are back in Europe’s top tournament.
Regardless of what happens in the remaining few games of the season, the overall image at the Emirates Stadium is one of promise and improvement, and the club’s faith in Arteta has not wavered. Although the expression “trust the process” has become cliched, the fact is that their executives and shareholders have complete faith in Arteta’s strategy.
The news of Arteta’s contract extension, which will keep him at the club until 2025, should be taken as proof of this faith in his techniques. It’s also a natural and clear progression after the club’s substantial support for Arteta since he took over in December 2019.