Mikel Arteta told to make 'most important signing' for Arsenal this summer

Mikel Arteta
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Bacary Sagna has encouraged Mikel Arteta to show his commitment to Arsenal by penning a new long-term deal.

The Gunners boss is in the final year of his current contract and Sagna, who played with the Spaniard at the Emirates Stadium for three years, insists that securing Arteta's signature would be the "most important signing Arsenal will make this summer".

Arteta's tenure since taking the helm in 2019 has seen the Gunners evolve into serious contenders for the Premier League title, clinch an FA Cup victory, and secure a return to Champions League football after a six-year hiatus.

"The most important signing Arsenal will make this summer is Mikel committing to the club with a new contract," Sagna expressed to CoinPoker. "The reason Arsenal are competing at the top is because of Mikel Arteta. You have to applaud the way that he has transformed Arsenal since becoming the manager.

"He has turned Arsenal into a proper family, and he has completely changed the vibe and the energy of the entire football club. There is a real connection between every single part of the institution; from the players, the staff even the guys that don't work on the football side and the fans.

"He made Arsenal compete again. There is a competitiveness and hunger in the squad that was missing until he walked through the door. When they came over to Dubai for the winter break, I spent time with Arteta and his coaching staff, and you could see how invested every single member of his team was in the project.

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"He's created an environment where everyone is constantly pushing to be better, and he deserves so much credit for that. It was amazing to see that closeness between everyone connected with the club. It's important to have this feeling within a club."

Earlier this year, Arteta, who originated from Barcelona's renowned La Masia academy, was rumoured to be considering a move to Barcelona. However, he dismissed Spanish reports claiming he intended to leave Arsenal as "fake news".

Discussing his future earlier this month, Arteta implied that the "uncertainty is quite helpful". He stated: "In football it's about today and what we're going to do today and what you hopefully can do tomorrow.

"[In] this profession I think having this uncertainty is quite helpful. At least it motivates me, keeps me on my toes, and it keeps me hungry to go again. I think we have a great relationship with everybody at the football club. I'm really happy where I am, and things will take care of themselves."