Mikel Arteta set to become Arsenal's highest-paid manager ever

  • Arsenal keen to extend Mikel Arteta's contract this summer
  • Gunners willing to offer salary in excess of £10m
  • Arteta's current deal expires at the end of next season
Arsenal are set to offer Mikel Arteta a bumper new deal
Arsenal are set to offer Mikel Arteta a bumper new deal / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Arsenal are willing to make Mikel Arteta to highest-paid manager in their history by offering the Spaniard a bumper new contract.

Arteta's current deal expires at the end of the 2024/25 campaign having signed an extension at the end of the 2021/22 season.

The Gunners have enjoyed quite the ride with the Spaniard at the helm, with the first-time manager having to navigate through several bleak periods towards the start of his tenure. The Arsenal hierarchy stuck with Pep Guardiola's former assistant, however, and their faith has certainly been vindicated.

Arteta's project has accelerated considerably since he signed his previous contract, with the north Londoners twice challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title. Many believe Arsenal's time with the Spaniard at the helm will come, especially with Guardiola poised to depart the division at the end of next season. Arteta, though, will want to usurp his mentor before he gallivants off into the sunset.

Mikel Arteta set to become Arsenal's highest-paid manager ever

Arteta has proven himself to be one of Europe's finest managers, period. His work in north London has been nothing short of outstanding, even if Arsenal have struggled for silverware since their FA Cup success during Arteta's debut season at the helm.

The Spaniard has allowed supporters to fall in love with their club again. The Emirates is once again a unified amphitheatre.

His project has helped Arsenal drift light years away from their 'banter club' status and emerge as one of the continent's finest. The Gunners now want to tie him down for the long haul.

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Arsene Wenger's final deal at Arsenal was worth around £8m-a-year / Matthew Ashton/GettyImages

Fabrizio Romano reports that both the club and manager want to continue with their project in north London, with Arteta set to receive a new contract proposal soon. Romano adds that the Spaniard would become one of the highest-paid managers in Europe.

Others suggest the Arsenal boss would be earning more than £10m-a-year with his new deal, rendering him the highest-paid manager in the club's history. Arsene Wenger's final contract was reportedly worth around £8m annually, and Arteta currently earns a similar amount, it's believed.

Arsenal will aim to tie down their former midfielder to an extension as soon as possible so their focus can then turn to bolstering the squad for a project-defining 2024/25 campaign. The Gunners are in for a busy summer in terms of both incomings and outgoings, with links to RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko hotting up.

Could he be the club's first signing of the summer transfer window?