Arsenal’s creative midfielder Santi Cazorla has described his fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta as “the ideal captain” for Arsenal, adding that the holding midfielder was born to be a captain.
32-year-old Arteta was handed the club captaincy at the start of the season by Arsene Wenger, after former skipper Thomas Vermaelen left the club to join Spanish giants Barcelona.
Since Arteta took on the mantle the Gunners are unbeaten, and the side will be looking to add to that run when they take on champions Manchester City at The Emirates on Saturday, in a match which Arteta will be hoping to mark his return from an ankle injury.
Speaking about his fellow countryman, Cazorla told Arsenal’s official website:
It makes me very happy. It was important for me to have him around when I arrived here. He helped me a lot on and off the pitch. He really deserves it.
There are always players who are born to be a captain and he is one of them. He talks a lot on the pitch and also in the dressing room.
He is always up for whatever the guys need. And that is what a captain has to do: transmitting conviction in order to keep the team together. And Mikel is prepared to do this.
It is easy to tell what he’s like [as a person]. He is a guy who lives for football. He is always looking after himself, he is super professional and he also cares about the team so everyone is happy. That is why he is the ideal captain.
Whenever there is a problem he is the one that goes and talks to the manager. He leads this group, so this captaincy is well deserved after his hard work here at Arsenal.
He speaks the group when there is a problem. Whenever there is a meeting with the manager he is the first one telling everybody. He is always there for whatever problem it may be and also to address it with the manager.
He transmits that motivation you need before an important game. The captain has to be the first one to speak. Mikel was doing this when he didn’t wear the armband, so now he is the captain he will do so even more.
It appears that Arteta is a popular and respected member in the Arsenal dressing room, and the Spaniard can offer vital experience to the team as they look to mount a title challenge this year.
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