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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 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

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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

The Arsenal midfield was plunged into crisis on Saturday after Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere all suffered injuries during the North London derby at the Emirates.

The trio add to an ever-growing list of injured players and with a key week of football ahead of them this latest setback couldn’t have come at a worse time – on Wednesday Arsenal face Galatasaray in the Champions League hoping to secure their first Group D points while they meet league leaders Chelsea next weekend. Mikel Arteta [calf] and Aaron Ramsey [hamstring] are already listed as very doubtful and given their recent history a return after the international break is realistic - Jack Wilshere [ankle] which will be assessed although he must be carefully managed. Wenger will be able to upon the experience of Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky along with Abou Diaby but the Gunners are struggling – expect Santi Cazorla to step up providing a bargain differential.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 07:27:00 PM

Mikel Arteta is back in training and fully fit to participate in Arsenal's big match against Manchester City on Saturday.

Arsenal are set to be as close to full health as they ever are with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Kieran Gibbs and David Ospina all returning from injuries for the occasion of Manchester City's visit. The Gunners will need as strong a line-up as they can field with the champions likely eager to erase the memory of their shocking defeat to Stoke City two weekends ago.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 02:07:00 PM

Mikel Arteta is awaiting the results of his scan after the Arsenal midfielder suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Besiktas.

Post-match Arsene Wenger revealed the player had "turned his ankle" and as the Spaniard hobbled through the press zone wearing a protective cast clearly in pain the initial prognosis did not look good. On Wednesday Arteta went for a scan to confirm the severity of the problem and dependent upon the results of those assessments the Arsenal coach could be forced to step-up his search for a replacement defensive midfielder. Recently linked to Cheick Tiote, Newcastle United have confirmed their Ivorian holding player is available having reportedly turned down an $12 million bid from Lokomotiv Moscow; although the transfer fee could prove to be a huge stumbling block with the Magpies holding out for around $20 million.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 07:11:00 AM

Milan hard man Nigel de Jong is reportedly a target for Arsenal and newly promoted Queens Park Rangers.

With Arsenal in dire need of an upgrade from Mikel Arteta in the holding midfield spot and Queens Park Rangers suckers for big names on the downsides of their careers (but not pay packets) this rumor was inevitable. Given Arsene Wenger's love of youth and general refusal to offer big deals to older players (NdJ turns 30 in November), the QPR angle seems more likely. Regardless, it would be fun having a wildcard like de Jong back in the Premier League.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 10:02:00 AM

Arsenal have been linked to another big-name holding midfielder, this time it is Champions League winner Sami Khedira.

With Mikel Arteta fading and Arsenal needing to fill a huge gap at the base of their midfield, a move for Sami Khedira is the latest move thrown into the rumor mill. The rumor continues with the notion that the player could be had for a fee around £15m which would be highway robbery compared to what PSG are rumored to be paying for David Luiz. Like Schweinsteiger-to-United, it would be a massive improvement if it were to happen but it certainly sounds too good to be true for Arsenal supporters.
Mon, May 26, 2014 09:49:00 AM