Arteta and Eidevall sign new Arsenal contracts

Arteta wants to take the Gunners 'to the next level' after agreeing a new deal until 2025, while Eidevall excited about staying with 'a club that I love so much'

Friday, 6th May — By Steve Barnett

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Mikel Arteta ‘grateful and really, really happy’ to be staying at Arsenal

MIKEL Arteta says he wants to take Arsenal “to the next level” after signing a new contract with the club.

Arteta has put pen-to-paper on a new deal that runs until 2025, while Arsenal’s women’s team boss, Jonas Eidevall, has also committed his future to the club, agreeing a new contract until the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

Arteta has guided his side to fourth in the Premier League this season, and faces another crucial challenge in his quest to bring Champions League football back to the Emirates Stadium this Sunday when the Gunners host relegation-threatened Leeds United.

“I’m excited, grateful and really, really happy,” said Arteta, who took charge of Arsenal in 2019 after replacing fellow Spaniard Unai Emery.

“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.”

While it may not always feel like it, Arteta has already added silverware to the trophy cabinet. Within months of becoming a manager for the first ever time, he guided Arsenal to FA Cup glory in 2020 with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea. The Gunners then lifted the FA Community Shield after beating Liverpool on penalties.

Reflecting on the timing of the announcement that he has extended his stay with Arsenal, Arteta added: “The club was really eager to do it as quickly as we could.

“Obviously they showed a lot of faith and belief in what we are doing, with the coaching staff, what the direction of the team, and 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.’ And this is the place I want to be, so it was a really simple decision for me.”

Jonas Eidevall

Eidevall was just as excited at signing a new deal, revealing the “professional and private” motivations behind his decision.

“It allows me to continue to work for a club that I love so much and be around people that I really, really like, and to be able to achieve things together, so I’m really looking forward to that,” said the Swede.

“I think there’s mainly two [factors for staying]. It’s professional and it’s private.

“Professional, you want to see that the club have the same ambitions that you have, and that the players, the staff and the fans are invested into that vision.

“Privately, you want your family to live a good life that they enjoy, and I think here we can find both and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Arsenal will be hoping for a little luck on Sunday in their bid to be crowned champions of the Women’s Super League.

They go into the final game of the season a point behind leaders Chelsea. If the Blues drop points in their home game against Manchester United, and the Gunners get the better of West Ham in Dagenham, then the silverware is heading to north London.

“Sunday will be exciting,” admitted Eidevall. “It’s not easy for Chelsea, going out when you think you have something to lose. Of course, we need to win, and we’re going to attack the game [at West Ham] and make sure we finish off strongly.”

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