Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has confirmed he will be playing for Arsenal next season after reports claimed that Italian Serie A side Fiorentina were interested in signing him.

First it was Arteta’s agent who dismissed the claims and then Arteta himself telling Sky Sports that he is very happy at Arsenal and is excited about the future.

“I can’t stop the rumours, but what I am certain is that I’m really happy here, I feel valued, I have been given a lot of responsibility and I like it,” said Arteta.

“Until they think something different about me, I’m happy.

“I had a conversation with the manager. He knows my opinion and we’re fine.”

Arteta went on to talk about new signing Alexis Sanchez and how it shows intent from the Gunners as they prepare for next season.

“He’s the type of player we were looking for,” added Arteta.

“At some stage [last season] we didn’t have that pace up front with the injuries we had, but this year we will. We will be a threat in behind teams and he’ll give us another option.

“He’s a character, too. He’s a fighter and very ambitious. I think he’s the type of player that the Arsenal fans will really like.

“It is a very good statement to show where we are going. I think we are going in the right direction, the club is ambitious, the directors are ambitious and we are going to fight for big aims.”