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Mikel Arteta | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/26/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Arsenal can’t catch a break at the moment, which incidentally is about the only injury they haven’t suffered in recent weeks as Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta join their teammates in the treatment room.
Coquelin came off second best in a 50-50 challenge with West Brom enforcer Claudio Yacob – suffering suspected knee ligament damage – and his replacement [Arteta] was substituted at the beginning of the second half having tweaked his calf. Both players are being assessed but post-match Arsene Wenger did reveal that the Coquelin injury is more severe with the Frenchman expected to spend an extended period on the side-lines. Neither will feature in Tuesdays’ crucial Champions League tie versus Dinamo Zagreb. However, there was at least some good regarding Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Wales international should re-join the group on Monday while the England winger is targeting the trip to Carrow Road in game week fourteen. Nov 22 - 11:45 AM
Source: The Guardian

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Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal's Tuesday Capital One Cup match with Sheffield Wednesday.

Arteta's fragile health continues to be a problem for Arsenal. With Arsene Wenger surely eager to rest Francis Coquelin the ideal replacement would be the manager's preferred substitute in the holding role. Unfortunately, Arteta has been unavailable as often as he has been available with a series of lower body injuries. Mathieu Flamini will likely get the start against Wednesday but Arsenal remain perilously thin in the holding midfield spot.
Oct 27 - 11:05 AM

Mikel Arteta is fit and available for selection coming off of the international break which will probably earn him a spot on the bench for the trip to Vicarage Road.

Arteta's health could charitably be described as up and down for the last 18 months or so. He has been unavailable at least as often as he's been available and his play has clearly declined when he has been available. He is still a veteran presence who is smart on the ball and can be useful helping to close out matches from the bench. No one should expect more than sporadic minutes from Arteta unless there is a full-on injury crisis.
Oct 15 - 10:44 AM

Mikel Arteta picked up a "...slight muscular problem..." in the 5-2 win over Leicester City and will miss the visit of Olympiacos on Tuesday in the Champions League.

It is a yearly right of passage for Arsenal supporters as they watch their dubious depth at a specific position undermine a portion of their season. In this case it is the holding midfield role where none of Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini are completely healthy. Both Flamini and Arteta will miss out on Tuesday and Arsene Wenger has to decide whether he wants to risk Francis Coquelin who has only been back in training for two days after missing wins over Spurs in the League Cup and Leicester City in the Premier League. With Manchester United looming on Sunday and Wenger declaring the Olympiocos match a "must win" the stakes are high.
Sep 29 - 12:18 PM

Arsene Wenger trotted out a rotated starting eleven in Zagreb including Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Wednesday.

The early returns haven't been good as Arsenal are down 2-0 in the second half and have seen Olivier Giroud sent off for his second yellow card. Arsenal have been playing better, albeit not great, in the Premier League since their opening day fiasco against West Ham but the mistakes that characterized that loss are back. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got things started for the home team with an own goal. Arteta's inclusion will likely create the most controversy but switching out three first team defense-oriented players (Coquelin, Bellerin, and Monreal) was apparently too much to retain the defensive solidity the Gunners have shown in the Premier League over the past three weeks of clean sheets.
Sep 16 - 4:20 PM

Arsenal and Mikel Arteta have agreed to a one year extension that will see the midfielder stay at the Emirates for the upcoming season.

With Francis Coquelin looking lonely on the depth chart at holding midfielder, Arsenal reduced their risk at least somewhat by agreeing to extend Arteta for the upcoming season. Any extended absence on the part of Coquelin would still put Arsenal in a very difficult position based on what we saw last season so fortifications beyond resigning Arteta would be a wise course of action unless there is another youngster (Callum Chambers? Krystian Bielik?) ready to jump into the squad at the base of the midfield and claim a meaningful role as Hector Bellerin and Coquelin did last season.
Jul 8 - 4:09 PM

Mikel Arteta is available for the first time since late-November as Arsenal travel to Monaco to try to save their Champions League campaign on Tuesday.

The Arsenal captain returns to a squad far different than the one he left three-and-a-half months ago. His place in the starting eleven has been usurped by Francis Coquelin who has been outstanding since his recall from a loan spell at Charlton. With Coquelin entrenched as the starter, Wenger will again be in the unusual position of having his captain acting primarily as a reserve. This was an uncomfortable situation with Vermaelen last season and it led to his departure to Barcelona. Arteta may find himself in a similar situation this summer.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 17 - 9:47 AM

Mikel Arteta's agent has indicated that his client has signed a one year extension to his contract with Arsenal that extends his time with the team through the 2015-16 season.

With Francis Coquelin ascending (and presumably signing a new contract) and Krystian Bielik potentially knocking on the door of the first eleven next season it isn't clear how much Arteta might play over the course of this one year extension. Given the Spaniard's recent injury history and fading physical abilities his best role is probably as a late-game substitute and spot starter anyway.
Jan 28 - 10:46 AM

Mikel Arteta has been ruled out for three months after undergoing ankle surgery to remove a bone spur in his left ankle.

Arsene Wenger has lost his starting holding midfielder for an additional three months after Mikel Arteta underwent surgery to correct an ankle injury that had plagued him most of the season. The Spanish midfielder's most recent spell on the sidelines started in late-November and will apparently now last until sometime in April. Surely Arsene Wenger will need to do more at the holding midfield position than bring in the 17-year-old (Krystian Bielik) who will be in London for his medical on Friday.
Jan 15 - 9:35 AM

Mikel Arteta is again facing an injury situation of unknown severity as he asked to come off about 15 minutes from time on Wednesday.

Just as it appeared that Arsenal might be starting to get healthy again they lost Jack Wilshere, Wojeich Szczesny and Danny Welbeck against Manchester United. Four days later Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo both limped off against Dortmund. The two new injuries will have to be assessed before any conclusions are drawn but the French duo of Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Flamini might both be drafted in to service for the weekend against West Brom.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 04:24:00 PM

Arsenal holding midfielder Mikel Arteta will be available for the Week 12 match-up with Manchester United according to Arsene Wenger.

There is "available" and there is available and it isn't clear exactly what Wenger meant when he said that the Spaniard would be available this weekend. Arteta has returned to training and could play a part but the equivocating words used by Wenger doesn't give a great deal of confidence that the player is ready to start against the Red Devils. The next question assuming that Arteta might be available is whether that's a good thing given the mediocre play that Arsenal have gotten from he and Flamini in that spot this season. Wenger might be better served if circumstances forced him to start Jack Wilshere in that spot after a solid outing against Scotland on Tuesday.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Arsenal continues to struggle with the holding midfielder spot with the news that Mikel Arteta will miss the Week 11 trip to Swansea.

Arsenal has struggled with the holding midfield spot all season even when fully healthy. The issues have been compounded as Mikel Arteta has struggled with injuries multiple times already this season. The Spanish midfielder was injured again against Anderlecht in Tuesday's Champions League match. Arteta has been ruled out for Week 11 in Wales and will be evaluated again after that.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 10:22:00 AM

Arsene Wengers’ misery was compounded on Tuesday after the Arsenal manager not only failed to secure automatic qualification from group D by losing a three goal lead against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League but the Gunners also lost Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta to injury.

Arteta came into the game on the back of his impressive performance against Burnley and opened the scoring from the penalty spot – his first UCL goal – during a first half dominated by Arsenal. However on the hour mark Arteta was replaced having developed a hamstring problem – the extent of which is unknown – putting his availability in serious doubt for game week 11. This setback represents the latest in a line of niggling injury problems – his fourth – so far this term. Arsenal face a tricky trip to the Liberty on Saturday but should be able to call upon the services of Jack Wilshere [knee & illness] if the midfielder fails a fitness test.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 11:08:00 AM

Arsene Wenger left the North East with maximum points on Saturday but Arsenal had to rely on two defensive mistakes and an in-form Alexis Sanchez while the victory came at a cost.

Prior to the Sunderland game all the talk was about Theo Walcott – the England international was included in the squad that travelled to Wearside after 9 months out following an ACL rupture. However the winger was an unused substitute as Alexis Sanchez shone grabbing two goals while Arsenal were forced into two substitutions because of injury. Full-back Kieron Gibbs [hip] adds to a growing list of players currently receiving treatment with Mikel Arteta – himself just back after a calf injury – picking up a thigh problem late into the game. At the time of writing - Gibbs is still being assessed - but the initial signs for Arteta look good with reports suggesting he suffered an impact injury and not a muscular tear.
Source: Squawka
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 06:29:00 PM

Mikel Arteta returns to Arsenal's midfield as the Gunners suffer through a fresh wave of injuries.

With Mesut Ozil (knee), Laurent Koscielny (injury) and Calum Chambers (suspension) joining Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, and Olivier Giroud on the injury list Arsenal will take only modest comfort in the return of Mikel Arteta. The midfielder will likely resume his place in the starting line-up with Mathieu Flamini available as a substitute for Arteta, Gibbs, and either of the center backs if crisis turns to disaster.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 12:38:00 PM