Mikel Arteta has revealed that he’s always supported Arsenal and admired us for the philosophies we uphold with this week marking four years since he made his debut for us against Swansea City, he told Arsenal Player.
Arteta arrived during a hectic deadline day alongside four other players, including our current vice-captain Per Mertesacker after what was a shambolic window.
The Spaniard has since enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks and is now an important member of our squad with his club captaincy a representation of that.
For Arteta, playing for us has always been in the back of his mind.
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“I was always an Arsenal supporter when I was in England because I loved the club’s philosophy and I wanted to enjoy this club,” Arteta told our in-house media channel.
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“I think I have been developing every year to be more and more important to the point where I’m the Arsenal captain, which is something I’m really privileged and honoured to do.”
Arteta has taken on a different role since the emergence of Francis Coquelin, with his influence mainly coming in the dressing room and at the training ground.
He no longer possesses the physical qualities needed in the holding midfield role, but Arteta can still make a contribution for us this campaign.