Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has denied talks have taken place with the club regarding a contract extension following reports suggesting the Arsenal management is offering a pay rise to the Spanish manager.
Talking to the media, the Arsenal boss said that he is happy at the club and the direction in which the club is aimed at.
He said, “Nothing. Just that I am really happy here and my aim is just to build with the club a winning team.
“A team that people enjoy watching, that fans identify with that can transmit what we want football-wise and as an organisation.
“Things will happen naturally and have happened over the last few months and our focus has to be on delivering what we want to achieve.”
Recent reports suggested that Arsenal will offer boss Mikel Arteta a new three-year deal this summer in a bid to secure his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium. The 39-year old’s contract in north London runs out in the summer of 2023 but he is believed to have the confidence of owner Stan Kroenke.
Mikel Arteta further added that he is happy with the club’s improvement over the time he has been at Arsenal and acknowledges that there is a long way to go ahead.
He said, “Well, I’m happy with the direction we are taking. I’m not happy with where we are and where we want to be.
That’s for sure because we want to be competing and really challenging the best teams in this league in consecutive seasons and we’re not there yet. I think the team is evolving in the right direction.
The project that we propose is happening and there are positives to take but we are not there yet.”
Mikel Arteta on Arsenal players handling pressure
Mikel Arteta when asked if Arsenal players were under pressure and how they are going to handle it, gave a straightforward answer.
He said, “There is going that pressure because mathematically, it is possible but our focus has to be today.
“Train well today, prepare well today, be mentally ready, physically ready, tactically ready tomorrow to play a really difficult match and show it on the pitch. That should be the only aim.”
Arsenal currently sit at sixth in the Premier League table with three games in hand with a great opportunity to go up to the top 4 if they win their next game against Wolves.