Considering Arsenal being linked with the likes of Gotze and Gourcuff, the signing of Arteta was more of a surprise to everyone with a few critics going as far as saying it was a panic buy.
But since joining at Arsenal it seems the Spaniard has found his calling with his skill-set seeming to align very well with Arsenal’s style of play with legend Nigel Winterburn saying he is impressed with how Arteta has slotted into the team.
Commenting on whether Arteta has lived up to expectation Winterburn told Goal.com:
I think it was a bit of a problem for him early on in that everyone was desperate to compare Arteta to Cesc Fabregas, which was unfair.
They are both Spanish and very good ball-players, but they perform different roles.
I’ve been really impressed with Arteta, particularly in the last month. He’s played a really important role in this great run, controlling the tempo of games and picking out accurate passes.
He’s the kind of player someone like Robin van Persie will really enjoy playing alongside because he will know that the ball is coming and it will be put just where he wants it.
I would like to see him improve his shooting from around the edge of the box as he’s got the ability to score plenty of goals in this team.
He’s more dynamic than people give him credit for. He’s another one of those Spanish players who are technically excellent in position and make opponents work so hard to get the ball back.
With Jack Wilshere injured, he’s been the senior midfielder and I think he’s shown he’s a very good character to have in the squad. I don’t know him personally but he seems a proper professional who has got that experience and provides leadership by example.
I am definitely inclined to agree with the Arsenal legend. Arteta has been impressive for Arsenal utilising his accurate passing ability as well as never lacking in the work-rate department. I agree he should try to shoot from a range a little more considering the strike he produced last week. What do you guys think? Feel free to leave a comment below.