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Mikel Arteta | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/26/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 152

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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. Sep 12 - 2:07 PM

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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.
Aug 21 - 7:11 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.
Jun 10 - 10:02 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.
May 26 - 9:49 AM

Arsenal took another beating on the road against a top five club, this one perhaps being the most crucial, as they allow Everton to climb to within a point of them in a 3-0 loss.

Mikel Arteta, once an integral part of Everton, was given a rude homecoming today to say the least. The stands were filled with "boo's" every time he touched the ball, he was credited with an own goal, and he got into a heated row with Leighton Baines and other former teammates as his frustration could not be contained. Arsenal had a chance to distance themselves with a win here, but the loss now has them in danger of missing out on the Champions League. They do have a very kind final five fixtures left, beginning with a visit from West Ham next weekend, but they cannot afford to slip up again. Half of the goals they have conceded this season have come in the four road games against the other four clubs in the top 5, averaging a staggering 5 goals against in those match ups.
Apr 6 - 11:45 AM

Arsenal took a major hit to their claim as top dog in the Premier League, after being mugged by Liverpool's attack, in a 5-1 loss that will threaten their position at the top of the table.

A penalty converted by Mikel Arteta accounted for Arsenal's only goal, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlainw was fouled in the box by Steven Gerrard, but it was already 5-0 at that point. The usually solid partnership at center back between Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were totally lost today and Liverpool peppered Wojciech Szczesny all day long. Another quiet day from Mesut Ozil will understandably have season-long owners on the verge of selling. The Gunners will attempt to right the ship midweek when they host Manchester United.

Arsenal have confirmed a loan move for Kim Kallstrom that will see the Swedish international at the Emirates until the end of the season.

Kallstrom provides Arsenal with much needed experience in their challenge for the Premier League title. Kallstrom has 108 international appearances and has a long record of Ligue 1 and Champions League experience. He will be eligible to play in the Champions League this season. Since 2012, Kallstrom has played for Russian team Spark Moscow. Players coming from the Russian league have usually taken some time to adapt to the Premier League's speed and physicality but Kallstrom's history should speed up the process.
Source: Arsenal
Jan 31 - 2:52 PM

Like teammate Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta will be rejoining the Arsenal active squad on Monday in advance of the Week 23 match-up with Southampton.

The Spanish midfielder's role is not clear as he returns from injury. Arsenal have been shuffling midfielders due to injuries to Arteta, Ramsey, and Walcott in recent weeks. With Ramsey and Arteta coming back for Week 23, Wenger will have a lot of tantalizing options to choose from when selecting his starting eleven. Will Arteta replace Flamini in a more attacking alignment, partner him in a more defensive alignment, or be his deputy?
Jan 23 - 7:25 PM

Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal's home match against Fulham with a calf injury.

Arteta will likely be available after Arsenal's mid-week Cup match against Coventry. Mathieu Flamini started in his place against Aston Villa and will continue to do so.
Source: Arsenal
Jan 16 - 8:11 PM

Mikel Arteta scored Arsenal's opener from the penalty spot and was then shown a red card against Crystal Palace in Week 9.

Mikel Arteta fired a penalty just beyond the reach of Julian Speroni after Serge Gnabry was brought down in the box by Adlene Guedioura in the first minute of the second half. Arteta's day took a turn for the worse about 20 minutes later when he, as the last man, brought down former teammate Marouane Chamakh. The two tangled legs and the referee deemed it a foul on Arteta. As a result, Arteta will miss Arsenal's League Cup match against Chelsea on Tuesday but he will not miss any league action.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 09:58:00 PM

Mikel Arteta returns against Stoke, likely to the bench, after a spell on the sidelines with a thigh complaint.

Mikel Arteta returns to an Arsenal squad much different than the one he left approximately a month ago. Mathieu Flamini has arrived and added some bit as a holding midfielder while Aaron Ramsey has taken his game up two or three levels playing centrally. Add in a returning-to-fitness Jack Wilshere and newly acquired Mesut Ozil to the midfield mix at Arsenal and one wonders how much of the field Arteta will see once he regains full match fitness. Good problems to have for a team usually trying to figure out who to plug into holes caused by injury.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 08:52:00 PM

Arsenal have realized their worst fears as the man at their thinnest position - Mikel Arteta - has been shelved for six weeks with a thigh injury.

Arsenal have had all summer to find an appropriate replacement/deputy for Arteta and they have failed to do so to this point. Supporters - already upset about Arsenal's lack of transfer window activity - will see their anger reach a fever pitch with this news. Arsenal have no obvious replacement with significant first team experience. They will either play someone - Tomas Rosicky or Aaron Ramsey - out of position or promote one of their younger players who no one thinks is really ready to play first team football.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 09:14:00 AM

Mikel Arteta will be evaluated on Friday after suffering from a thigh complaint this week.

Arsenal's midfield could be anything from entirely healthy to devastated depending on how this week's minor complaints work out. Arteta is perhaps the biggest concern because Arsenal lack cover in the holding midfield spot. If Arteta isn't available there could be a ripple effect on the fantasy value of the entire team as they would be forced to play someone out of position. Check back after Team News is released on Friday for an update.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 04:54:00 PM

Arsenal are rumored to be close to a move that would bring Brazilian defensive midfielder Luis Gustavo to the club from Bayern Munich.

Despite all the rumors about forwards coming in, Arsenal are dangerously thin at both center back and defensive midfield. Even if Thomas Vermaelen returns to health and his best form Arsenal only have three starting-caliber center backs. The situation at the base of the midfield is even more dire with Mikel Arteta being the club's only real answer. Bringing in Gustavo would provide critical depth and give Wenger some different options when matching up with an opponent.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 10:09:00 AM