Arsenal midfielder defends Mikel Arteta in hopes of long-term deal

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As the Premier League title race intensifies between Manchester City and Arsenal, the future of Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, is drawing significant attention.

Arteta, whose contract extends for another year, has openly expressed his desire to remain with the team for the long term. Under his leadership, Arsenal has returned to prominence, challenging one of the most formidable teams in world football. The resurgence under Arteta’s guidance has revitalized the club’s competitive spirit and positioned them as genuine title contenders.

Arsenal’s Confidence in Mikel Arteta

The Arsenal squad has rallied around Arteta, signaling strong support for his continued leadership. Midfielder Jorginho, despite often being a substitute behind mainstays like Declan Rice, Martin Ødegaard, and Thomas Partey, has been vocal in his admiration for Arteta.

“I feel that he could stay way longer,” Jorginho said, via ESPN. “I feel he feels good here and I honestly don’t see him going. It is really important for the club for him to stay because him with [technical director] Edu and the board, the whole club, they created something special. I don’t believe he wants to go as well.”

Having witnessed numerous managerial changes throughout his career, Jorginho’s perspective on Arteta’s impact is telling. He believes that Arsenal’s future looks brighter with Arteta at the helm. Although Jorginho turns 33 in December and faces an uncertain long-term future at the club, his role as a reliable substitute remains valued, with no pressing reason for a split between him and the club.

As the season draws to a close, Arsenal is just two points behind Manchester City with two games left, including critical matches against Tottenham and West Ham. The title chase is poised to be a nail-biter, emphasizing the need for Arsenal to secure victories in both encounters to have a shot at the championship. Under Arteta’s leadership, the team’s spirit and performance suggest they are well-prepared to take this challenge head-on.

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