He told The Sun: “Arsenal have shown again that they’re happy with his form and the most important thing from a family point of view is that Cesc is happy in London.
“That’s more important than any amount of money and that’s what I told him before he signed the contract.
“He was delighted but there was no party or new car to celebrate, he’s still driving his Audi A3.
“It’s great that Fran Merida is following in Cesc’s footsteps and he can be a big help to him with advice about how to go about things. I’ve met him a couple of times and heard he is a fantastic player.”