Arteta ‘really, really happy’ to sign new Arsenal contract as Eidevall also pens new terms

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta watches his team

Mikel Arteta has signed a new contract at Arsenal which runs until the end of the 2024-25 season.

The Spaniard’s previous deal expired at the end of next season and the news of his fresh terms was released in a joint-announcement with Arsenal Women’s manager Jonas Eidevall, who has signed until the end of the 2023-24 season.

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The Swede was appointed last summer and could end his first campaign in charge by winning the Women’s Super League title with Arsenal just a point behind leaders Chelsea heading into the final weekend of the season.

Arteta’s new contract will be seen as recognition of progress, though Champions League qualification is still in the balance.

In response, Arteta said: “I’m excited, grateful and really, really happy today.

“We want to take the club to the next level and to compete really with the top teams. In order to do that, we have to be playing in the Champions League.

“We have to be able to evolve the team, improve our players, improve all departments, generate even more connection with our fans, improve the atmosphere at the Emirates, be able to recruit top, top talent and the best people for this club to drive this project to that level.”

Arteta is close to taking the Gunners back into the Champions League for the first time in five years, with the side currently fourth in the Premier League as the season enters its final stages.

They sit two points clear of local rivals Tottenham with four games remaining, including a trip to Spurs next Thursday, and Arteta believes the timing of his new deal could help see the club over the line.

“The club was really eager to do it as quickly as we could,” he said.

“Obviously they showed a lot of faith and belief in what we are doing, with the coaching staff, what’s the direction of the team.

“They thought the best moment was to do it right now, to give a final push to the team, to give some clarity about what we have to do in the summer, in the future.

“It’s a way of saying ‘listen, from both ways we believe in what we are doing and we want to commit to this project together.’ This is the place I want to be so it was a really simple decision for me.”