He is the vice-captain of Arsenal and has been one of the most consistent performers for the club since joining the Gunners from Everton three years ago, but Mikel Arteta has been getting a lot of stick from the Arsenal fans recently, many of them hoping he would be sold this summer.
The Spaniard, who has adapted his game to provide the central midfield option that Arsene Wenger wanted from him, has played 134 games for us in his three seasons, scoring 15 goals along the way and providing the team with it’s heartbeat and passing fluency from the centre of the pitch, but some of us were ready to show him the door as Arsenal transfer rumours suggest that Wenger is going to add a more standard type of defensive midfielder during the summer transfer window.
However, Arteta is going nowhere, as he explains in a report by The Metro. The 33-year old says that he would leave if Arsenal really saw no future for him, but that is not the case. There was apparently strong interest from the Italian club Fiorentina, but Arteta has no interest in a move to Serie A, just as long as there is a place for him at Arsenal.
He said, “I can’t stop the rumours, but what I am certain is that I’m really happy here, I feel valued, I have been given a lot of responsibility and I like it.
“Until they think something different about me, I’m happy.
“I had a conversation with the manager. He knows my opinion and we’re fine.”
I for one, am glad and think that he still has a major role to play for the Gunners, on and off the pitch. With such a young team being built by Wenger, some experience and guidance from the likes of Arteta is invaluable. And although we may need more powwer and pace in the middle to cope in the big games, Arteta was a key reason for us being able to take maximum points off all of those lower teams, and that nearly won us the Premier League, don’t forget.