Mikel Arteta is set to be offered a bumper new contract to stay at Arsenal.
Currently, his £5 million a year salary makes him the lowest paid boss of any of the leading club’s but now the club owners, the Kroenke family, are ready to offer him a three year deal which will be worth £25 million to the Spaniard.
That is still a relative pittance compared to the £20 million a year his friend and mentor Pep Guardiola receives at the Etihad, but it still represents a major vote of confidence in Arteta and the project he is overseeing at the Emirates.
The news will not please the minority of fans who believe he needs to deliver top four football first, and are unhappy with the way that he has alienated big name players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil during his time in charge, but his proposed new package is in line with what Arsène Wenger was earning during his final year at the club.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.