The 27-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements under Mikel Arteta's predecessor, Unai Emery, who even took the unusual step of publicly declaring it would be “positive for him to leave and sign for another team", along with fellow outcast Mohamed Elneny, towards the end of the summer transfer window.
But he told the London Evening Standard: "I have always taken things day by day. We had a game on Thursday, we have the next important game at the weekend and as long as I am playing for a club — it doesn't matter which one, I play now for Arsenal and played before for previous ones — I always give everything until the last minute.
"When I decide, or when the club and I decide, it is going to continue, I am happy to continue. If not, then we have to go forward."