Mikel Arteta 'surplus to requirements' at Arsenal

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta in action against Wigan during their Premier League match on May 14, 2013
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Mikel Arteta will not be offered a new contract by Arsenal, according to a report

Arsenal reportedly have no plans to offer midfielder Mikel Arteta a contract extension.

The 32-year-old, who will only have one year remaining on his current deal at the end of the season, could be surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium, according to Goal.com.

Arsene Wenger will instead target central midfield reinforcements with a transfer kitty of up to £100m being made available in the summer.

The same report suggests that the Gunners will focus on bringing in at least one "A-list" midfielder, while the club have been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender in recent weeks.

Arteta joined the North London club in 2011 from fellow Premier League side Everton.

Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen in the German city of Gelsenkirchen on April 13, 2013
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