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Mikel Arteta has been at the club for five years, with the club captain making the switch from Everton back in 2011. He said an emotional goodbye to Arsenal fans this past Sunday, with the Spaniard reduced to tears during the massive ovation he received.
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Arteta got a fantastic going away present when he came on as a late substitute, replacing Mesut Özil and playing the last few minutes of the game. He was even in the right place at the right time to score a goal, although the dubious goals panel will unfortunately put it down as a Mark Bunn own goal.
It was a phenomenal last game for Arteta to be involved in too, as the energy around the stadium was fantastic. Not only had we just managed a 4-0 win over Aston Villa, but Tottenam had collapsed against ten man Newcastle, falling to an incredibly 5-1 defeat.
Their massive loss meant we shot up into second spot, while they slipped below us into third. Arteta got to celebrate his departure alongside a last day of the season St Totteringham’s Day, with the crowd positively electric – not something you normally associate with the Emirates.
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It looks like this really is goodbye for Mikel Arteta, although it would be nice if he were to continue on at the club in some sort of coaching capacity.