According to The Sun, the big Arsenal news this morning is that the club is set to offer Mikel Arteta a new deal, including a huge pay rise.
The Spaniard still has 16 months of his current deal to run, but The Sun is reporting he might be in line for a ‘bumper’ new contract. A new deal worth around £8.3m a year in salary to the best looking Spaniard we know. They claim Arteta is currently on about £5m a year (poor fella), a salary dwarfed by that of Man City boss Pep Guardiola.
You may remember Guardiola has guided Man City to many, many vital League Cup wins. He’s also bought a few league titles on a very tight budget. We don’t like to talk too much about that in the media of course.
The report also claims that Arteta took a 20% pay cut when Covid originally hit. This was a noble move that helped the club deal with the loss of gate receipts during the pandemic.
Arteta In America
You may remember Arteta flew to America last month for talks with Stan Kroenke, so perhaps he was over there trying to sort out a pay rise. We now know that he definitely wasn’t talking about bringing any new players in.
Arteta’s main accomplishment so far this season has been to orchestrate a huge clear out of players. He has set about cutting a whopping £90-100m off of the wage bill ahead of what looks to be an exciting summer transfer window at the end of this season.
It seems as though Kroenke is happy with the way things are going with Arteta who is forging ahead with his project. We are currently sitting in 6th place in the league with games in hand over all of the teams above us.
Next up for Arteta’s Trust the Process FC is Wolves at home tomorrow night at The Emirates. Another vital win could see us leapfrog West Hame again just a point off of fourth place as the season hurtles to a close.
Do we think Arteta is worthy of his pay rise, or should we wait and ‘judge him in May’, based on league table position?