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Name Mikel Arteta
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
  Arsenal Captain
Desc Mikel Arteta is not the most spectacular player but has been a superb servant at Arsenal. When he arrived in 2011, he was tasked with stabilising a midfield rocking from the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. In 2012/13 he has regularly captained the team, emerging as one of the squad’s true leaders


Org Spanish National Team
Club as Coach Arsenal FC
  Manchester City [Pep Guardiola’s assistant]
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Everton FC

2019 12 30 Retrieve

[Mikel Arteta made clear from the moment he arrived that absolute commitment is a sine qua non for this new Arsenal] Everyone who doesn’t buy into this, it’s not good enough for this environment

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[He says he knows what the club deserves, and cannot wait to get started] I feel back home. I am extremely happy and proud to be given the opportunity to be manager of this football club. I’m sensing a good energy today since I walked in at London Colney. I feel so happy. I can’t say any other thing. We need to plug these two things together. I’m so excited…I’ve had many conversations with the senior people at the club…I have a good feeling

[Mikel Arteta told the Arsenal magazine during his time as a player, speaking about how he wants his teams to play] I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition. We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[In his first press conference as Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta also gave his thoughts on Pep Guardiola’s work ethic] What I’ve learned [from Guardiola] is you have to be ruthless and consistent and have to fit every day the culture of the club to get a winning mentality. To sustain it is even harder so every day is important. Every act is important. His workrate is incredible

[When asked whether interim coach Freddie Ljungberg will be part of his coaching team, Arteta said] I need to sit down and have a proper conversation with him. We might need eight hours to explain the situation, see what are his aims and what he’s seen from the players. We will grab a coffee - maybe a bowl of coffee - and make the decision

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Arteta himself was full of praise for Saka after the match, stressing he’s a player that’s always looking to improve] Absolutely, I’m really pleased the way he’s developed. I think he’s really pleased the way he’s handling this situation because there’s a lot of highlights on him at the moment but he’s really humble. He’s always asking questions, meeting with my assistants and willing to improve. He’s a great kid and he’s very brave. He makes big decisions in the final third, he doesn’t hide and he’s got the vision and the ability to execute in spaces that are really tight which is a big gift

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Bukayo Saka is enjoying an impressive rise to prominence and he was effective again on Thursday] We try to put him in a position where we can surround him with the right players and in the right areas, as he’s not a full-back. He’s responding well and he has a lot of courage to make decisions in the final third, the most opportunities we created was on his side again and I’m very pleased with his performances

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[Arteta says Saka future is out of his hands as Arsenal board look to tie up contract extension] That is something the club has to get sorted. My priority is that he continues to play like he is doing and he keeps developing. He is always asking the right questions. He is a very brave guy. Every time he gets into the final third, he is trying to cause problems for the opponent. He deserves these chances, he is doing very well and that’s why he is in the team. He’s great for the club. If we can get players from the academy and give them real chances even when we have other people fit, it shows we believe in them. He’s responded well

[That role has seen him slot into a defensive unit alongside Shkodran Mustafi] I put my trust in him, I speak to him and try to understand what was happening. I try to give [my players] answers and solutions and then it up to the players. It is not me that plays, it is him that makes the effort and the decisions. So far he has been really good

2020 02 23 Retrieve

[Coach Mikel Arteta after the win in Greece] I’m really pleased with the way he’s developed. There’s a lot of highlights on him at the moment but he’s really humble. He’s always asking questions, meeting with my assistants and willing to improve.

He’s a great kid and he’s very brave. He makes big decisions in the final third, he doesn’t hide and he’s got the vision and the ability to execute in spaces that are really tight which is a big gift

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Arteta issues challenge to Saka & Tierney over Arsenal left-back spot] They have to compete. They have to challenge each other and improve. Whoever is best will be in the position, which is a really good thing for the team.

[Arteta insists he would have no issue with the teenager getting an international call-up, but also sounded a word of warning] I think he is doing really well with us. International level is a different level. It is up to the England manager to discuss whether he is ready to do that and what is he going to do with his squad. Whatever he decides we will support the idea and the player.

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[Mikel Arteta dismisses the notion that Alexandre Lacazette would start against Manchester City because he scored in his last game] It’s not because of the fact he scored, it’s because of the way he trains every day. The way he’s trying, the way he played even when he wasn’t scoring. He’s always at his best, training, his attitude is top. The same with the others so they all have a chance

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Arteta believes fortune has not been on their side and is in no doubt that Arsenal must be at their best to get a result at the Etihad Stadium] Sometimes small details make the difference. I think they’ve been very unlucky. This is football. It can happen. We have to be at our best, that’s for sure, to have any chance of winning the game

[Arteta is nonetheless looking forward to returning to the club where he learned much of his coaching craft under Guardiola after retiring from playing in 2016] It’s going to be a very special night. I’m very excited to get back there. Now, I’m in a different position on a different bench. I will defend my club as well as I can

[The Gunners are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and just five adrift of United in fifth, a position that could be enough to qualify for Europe’s elite competition if City’s ban due to Financial Fair Play irregularities is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)] It’s still a long way to go. We want to go game by game. Three weeks ago, it was impossible [to secure Champions League qualification]. Now, it looks a bit more possible. The club is doing what it has to do and holding conversations. Hopefully, we’ll get a result.

2020 03 13 Tweet

[Coronavirus: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta ‘feeling better already’] Thanks for your words and support. We’re all facing a huge and unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is all that matters right now. Protect each other by following the guidelines. We’ll come through this together

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Henry? Vieira? Arteta names Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ he’d welcome into class of 2020] For example, someone like Thierry [Henry] would be great. Someone like Patrick [Vieira] would be great and some leaders that we had the back. We’ve had a lot of great players who have had great success with this football club. A player that I admired a lot when I was young was Michael Laudrup. I used to love him and the way he played.

I think we can get a few [from the current squad], just joking a little bit, but through the process, they are really willing to try and understand the game better and how they can coach as well. It is not just myself, but how can they coach each other on the pitch? A lot of them are showing a lot of interest, even if they are 18, 19, 20 years old. Obviously, he mentioned to me, David Luiz he wants to be a coach in the future. sHe has started doing his coaching badges already and I can see he has the attributes, the knowledge and experience to be a coach one day

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[Mikel Arteta on Coronavirus symptoms] In terms of symptoms, it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest. That was it

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Reiss Nelson - The Arsenal wonderkids who could save Arteta millions] Straightaway, he caught my eye. I think he has been a little bit confused in the last few years – what direction he had to take, some of the decisions that he made. Now, I can see he really wants it and I think he has the potential to do whatever he wants

2020 05 14b Retrieve

[Tyreece John-Jules is highly rated by Arteta and is, therefore, still being tipped to make a big impact at the Emirates] When he was with us, I was impressed with him. His understanding of the game, how he links with the people around him, how powerful he is. He has got a goal in him