In my opinion, Mikel Arteta is probably one of the most underrated players not just at Arsenal but in the entire Premier League. Who would have imagined that this ‘panic buy’ that Arsene Wenger signed on transfer deadline day in summer 2011 for £10 million would have ever turned out not just to be an important player on the pitch for Arsenal but also off it.
When he signed almost two years ago, did any of you expect him to have such an impact on the team? I mean I certainly didn’t think he would one day be Arsenal’s captain for a lot of games, in fact what was basically the entire second half of the season. His role is often forgotten about and what he does for the team often goes unnoticed.
He may not score a lot of goals, or get a lot of assists but he holds other attributes that make his position on the field and presence of the player himself such a key aspect to Arsenal’s game.
Our game is focused around passing the ball. Arteta has almost every attribute of passing style and talent you could possibly think of. Alongside Wilshere and Cazorla, Arteta is the pass master of midfield and often makes the most passes during a game.
Games are also heavily based around midfield and Arteta controls the midfield very well and is key to making sure not only he controls the midfield and Arsenal are dominate in possession but also that he protects the back four from any passing attacking threats.
Some have called for Arteta’s role to be axed from the team, if a figure such as Fellaini comes in and ultimately I agree that it should be Arteta that makes way, especially if we go with the three man set up of Arteta, Wilshere and Cazorla. However if its Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere, then Arteta should definitely remain in the team. His experience is vital, not to mention even though he is now in his early thirties, he still has undeniable talent.
I really don’t understand why people underrate Arteta so much. He may not be the best player on the pitch, but he continues to do his job consistently and has arguably turned into one of our most important players currently at the club, since his arrival less than two years ago.