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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta signed a three-year contract extension on Friday to stay with the Premier League club for the entire 2024-25 season.
The former Arsenal midfielder has his side on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in five years. With four games remaining, the North London club are in fourth place.
40-year-old Arteta was hired in December 2019 to replace Unai Emery and his contract would expire at the end of this season.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta applauds the fans of his teams after the end of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the London stadium on Sunday 1 May 2022. Arsenal win the match 2-1.
(AP Photo / Ian Walton)
“We want to take the club to the next level and really compete with the best teams,” the Spaniard said in a statement. To do that, we have to play in the Champions League.
“We need to be able to evolve the team, improve our players, improve all departments, generate even more connection with our fans, improve the atmosphere at Emirates (Stadium), be able to recruit the best, best talent and best people for this club to take this project to that level. “
Arsenal host Leeds on Sunday.
“Mikel’s commitment and passion are visible to all,” said Josh Kroenke, speaking on behalf of the group owned by the Kroenke family. “We are confident that, going forward, he will bring us back to compete for the best trophies in the game.”
Arteta spent the last five years of his playing career at Arsenal before retiring in 2016. He was assistant manager under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola before taking first place at Arsenal.
Arsenal also announced that women’s team manager Jonas Eidevall has signed an extension for the 2023-24 season.