French giants Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keeping tabs on Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta – who now has less than 18 months remaining on his current Gunners contract
Arsenal are confident that Mikel Arteta will commit his future to the club – despite reports claiming that Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a potential swoop for the Spaniard.
Arteta is now inside the final 18 months of his Gunners deal, which is set to expire in the summer of 2023.
And the 39-year-old has emerged as a potential contender to replace Mauricio Pochettino if the ex- Tottenham chief is axed in Paris.
PSG were dumped out of the Champions League in midweek by Real Madrid – leading to speculation that Pochettino’s position is now untenable.
L’Equipe are claiming, as per Marca, that Arteta and Antonio Conte are two of the names on the shortlist that PSG have drawn up, along with a host of other top coaches from around Europe.
But PSG’s hopes of prising Arteta away from the Emirates appear to be slim, with football audit reporting that the Gunners are ‘confident’ that Arteta will ink a new, long-term deal with the club.
Under Arteta, Arsenal are poised to finally end their multi-year exile from the Champions League.
The Gunners have manoeuvred themselves into pole position to pip their rivals to a top-four finish after recovering from a disastrous start to the season which saw calls for Arteta to be given the boot.
And now Arteta is set to be handed the ultimate reward for Arsenal’s stunning turnaround on the pitch over the past few months.
Despite interest from elsewhere, Arteta reiterated his desire to continue his ambitious rebuilding job as recently as last month.
Arteta has already won the FA Cup and the Community Shield during his two-year tenure at the club.
But he’s bidding to fire Arsenal back into the upper echelons of the Premier League and get the Gunners challenging for titles once again.
“It is just that I am really happy here and my aim is to build with the club a winning team that when we watch it feels identifiable and that can transmit what we want football-wise and as an organisation,” Arteta said previously.
“I am happy with the direction we’re taking, but I’m not happy with where we are that is for sure because we want to be competing and challenging with the best teams in this league in consecutive seasons.
“We’re not there yet but I think the team is evolving in the right direction. The project and the phases that we proposed, they are happening and there are a lot positives but we are not there.”