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Mikel Arteta | Midfielder | #8

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/26/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Arsenal's captain played his final match in the Premier League and was involved in the final goal of the season.
Arteta has been injured for much of the season so the fact that he was healthy to come on in this match as a substitute and force Arsenal's final goal was an excellent close to his playing career at Arsenal and overall. Rumored to be joining Pep Guardiola's coaching staff at the Etihad next season, Arteta will be remembered as an excellent creative player with an eye for goal from his pre-injury days at Everton and as a steadying influence from a deeper position at the Emirates. Sun, May 15, 2016 01:34:00 PM

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Speaking ahead of Arsenal's Sunday match with Manchester City, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Mikel Arteta would be leaving the club after the season.

It is no secret that Mikel Arteta has been declining rapidly as a player for a couple of seasons. With his contract expiring this summer his time as a player at the Emirates is coming to a close. Rumors have him joining Pep Guardiola when he takes over the reins at this weekend's opponent Manchester City.
Fri, May 6, 2016 07:53:00 AM

Mikel Arteta is one of four players to have been ruled out of Tuesdays’ Champions League clash with Barcelona through injury.

Arsene Wenger confirmed during todays’ pre-match briefing that the veteran midfielder - who has struggled due to a chronic calf problem in recent seasons - will join the likes of Gabriel, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky on the treatment table. Although the specifics of the injury are not yet known, Arteta (whose contract is up this summer) may have played his last game for the club with the likes of Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny all vying for the holding midfield role. Meanwhile, Santa Cazorla will be added to the mix when he returns within the next month. The latest reports suggest that the 33-year-old may decide to call it a day at the end of the current campaign to take up a coaching role at the club.
Source: London 24
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 12:03:00 PM

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.
Source: The Guardian
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 11:45:00 AM

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.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 11:05:00 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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 10:44:00 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.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 12:18:00 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.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 04:20:00 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.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 04:09:00 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
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 09:47:00 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.
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:46:00 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.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 09:35:00 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