Arteta in a match against Sunderland in 2011.
|Full name||Mikel Arteta Amatriain|
|Date of birth||26 March 1982|
|Place of birth||San Sebastián, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2001–2002||→ Paris Saint-Germain (loan)||31||(2)|
|2005||→ Everton (loan)||12||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:57, 8 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Arteta started out as a trainee with FC Barcelona but could not break his way into the first team and was eventually loaned to Paris Saint-Germain in the French league. He was then signed by Scottish Premier League club Rangers with whom he would win the domestic treble of the league, Scottish Cup and League Cup in the season of 2002–03. After success in Scotland, Arteta moved back to Spain to play for Real Sociedad but failed to establish himself within the first team and was loaned to Everton for the remainder of the 2004–05 season, prior to signing permanently in July 2005. He then made a permanent transfer to Arsenal in 2011. He was appointed vice-captain of the club in August 2012.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Style of play
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Arteta began his football career at Antiguoko and befriended fellow midfielder Xabi Alonso as they would play together every weekend. The two would often play along the beaches and gutters of San Sebastián and dreamed of playing together at Real Sociedad. Arteta left for the FC Barcelona B squad at 15 years of age while Alonso signed for Real Sociedad later. Despite his potential Arteta failed to break into the first team, and went out on loan to French club Paris Saint-Germain in 2000.
Arteta joined Scottish club Rangers in 2002, winning the 2003 Scottish Premier League title as well as the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. Arteta enjoyed a successful first season at Rangers and quickly established himself as a first team regular and a fans' favourite. He returned to Spain after two seasons in Glasgow.
Everton Manager David Moyes signed Arteta in the 2005 January transfer window on loan with a view to a permanent transfer. Seen as a replacement for Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen, Arteta played a vital part in helping Everton achieve UEFA Champions League qualification possibility, however they were knocked out in the last qualifying round. He scored his first Everton goal in the 4–0 victory over Crystal Palace. Arteta signed a permanent five-year deal in July 2005 for a fee of £2 million.
The 2005–06 season saw Arteta pick up both the Everton Fans' Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Season awards. Arteta's good form extended into 2006–07. As well as retaining his starting place, he frequently turned in man-of-the-match displays, and finished the season with nine goals from the 35 league games he played. Arteta was awarded the Player of the Season Award for the second consecutive year. He was also voted the Premiership's 'Midfielder of the Year' by the readers of Sky Sports, beating PFA Players' Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.
Arteta's creativity was an essential part of Everton's attacking play the following season, and he had scored six goals by the end of January. That improved further a season later, scoring nine times in the 2006–07 season and once again ending the season as the Player of the Year. He helped Everton secure a place in the UEFA Cup and was ranked by the ACTIM Index as the sixth best player in the Premiership but it did not earn him a call-up into the full Spain squad. During the summer of 2007, he signed a new five-year contract.
Arteta added another accolade to his growing collection during the 2007–08 season, when he picked up North West Footballer of the Year award. He then became the first Everton player in five years to receive the Liverpool Echo's Sports Personality of the Year award in January 2008.
Arteta suffered a stomach injury in the second half of the season, and shortly before the final game of the campaign, he underwent surgery to rectify the problem. He scored his first goal of the 2008–09 season in the Premier League opener versus Blackburn Rovers with a free kick. He was named captain for a 2–2 draw with Newcastle United, scoring a penalty in the game. In February, Arteta was carried off on a stretcher in a 0–0 draw with Newcastle having injured a ligament in his knee, days after his first inclusion in the Spanish national team squad. The injury kept him out for the rest of the 2008–09 season and the first five months of 2009–10. Over the course of the season, Arteta began to play again in the center of the field, usually being partnered with a defensive midfielder, giving him the freedom to dictate the tempo of the game and connecting with Pienaar and Osman on the wing.
Arteta made his return from injury in January 2010 as a substitute in an FA Cup tie against Birmingham City, before starting in a 2–1 home Premier League win against Chelsea. His first two goals of the season were scored in a 5–1 win over Hull City in March 2010. In August that year he signed a five-year contract extension with Everton.
The 2010/11 season proved to be not so successful as expected for both the team and the player. After early goals in the season, against Manchester United (in a thriller 3-3 comeback in Goodison Park) and in the Merseyside Derby 2-0 victory, Arteta suffered a loss of form that would be crucial in Everton push for a European spot. He begun to show again glimpses of creative power in the final part of the season, when he was played again on the wing, enjoying more freedom and space.
Upon departing Everton, Arteta said "I am 29 years old so I haven’t got much time left to take a chance like this one. I have done my best for Everton." A few weeks later he revealed to the Liverpool Echo that the spirit in Everton's dressing room is the 'best in football'.
Arteta signed with Arsenal on 31 August 2011 on a four-year deal for a reported fee of £10 million. Arteta was given the number 8 jersey, which was last worn by Samir Nasri, who had left the club for Manchester City just over a week earlier. He made his debut on 10 September in a 1–0 home win against Swansea City. Arteta scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in a 4–3 loss against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. He scored his second goal for the club in a 3–0 home win against West Bromwich Albion as he began to comfortably settle into his playmaking role at Arsenal. He also opened the scoring with a 25-yard "swerving long range shot" in a 4–0 away win against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
Arteta was able to have his first chance to captain the Gunners in the third round FA Cup victory over Leeds United, mostly notably remembered by the second debut of Thierry Henry. His fourth Premier League goal of the season came on 4 February as Arsenal thrashed Blackburn 7–1 at the Emirates, scoring from the edge of the area as a clearance from a corner reached him. On 26 February, Arsenal found themselves 2–0 down in the North London derby against Spurs, and Arteta provided an assist for Bacary Sagna to reduce the deficit to 2–1. Arsenal won the match 5–2. He then scored a brilliant 35-yard free-kick on 24 March in a 3–0 win over Aston Villa, helping his team go a further three points ahead of North London rivals Spurs in the race to secure Champions League football. On 8 April, he scored the winning goal from 25 yards out in a 1–0 win against Manchester City at the Emirates, playing, what seemed at the time, a crucial role in the title race as the defeat for City left them eight points behind rivals Manchester United.
Arteta suffered an ankle sprain in his side's 2–1 loss to Wigan Athletic on 16 April after less than ten minutes, which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. This, however, did not detract from his excellent first season at Arsenal; as a result he was voted by the fans as the fifth most important player of the 2011–12 campaign in Arsenal's Player of the Season poll.
On 17 August, Arteta was announced as the new vice captain of the club after the departure of former captain Robin van Persie. Following the departure of Alex Song, Arteta had moved onto a deeper role and has adapted well to it. On 27 October 2012, he scored his first goal of the season with a close range tap in against Queens Park Rangers to win the game 1-0. On 10 November 2012, Arteta missed a chance to win a game against Fulham, as his penalty at the death was saved by Mark Schwarzer. The game finished 3-3. On 8 December 2012, Arteta scored two penalties to secure Arsenal's 2–0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion and was awarded the Arsenal.com Man of the Match. On 22 December 2012 Arteta scored a second half penalty at Wigan Athletic to gain 3 points for Arsenal. On 13 January 2013, the day of the Premier League match with Manchester City, Arsenal reported that they will have to do without Arteta for a lengthy time of 3 weeks due to an ankle problem during training.On 30 March, Arteta scored from the spot after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain winning a penalty. Arsenal went to beat Reading by 4-1. On 13 April, Arteta scored the equaliser from the penalty spot as Arsenal came from behind to beat Norwich City 3-1 at home. On 4 May, Arteta got his fourth assist of the 2012-13 campaign, by passing the ball to Theo Walcott, who slotted home in the first minute against QPR. He was voted by the fans as the fourth best player of the 2012–13 campaign in Arsenal's Player of the Season poll, after leading the team to their 17th consecutive Top 4 finish.
Arteta missed Arsenal's first four games of the Premier League campaign due to injury, but returned to the squad before their game against Stoke City.  On 26 October 2013, he scored his first goal of the season in a 2–0 away win over Crystal Palace from the penalty spot. However, he was sent off later in the same match by referee Chris Foy for a foul on Marouane Chamakh.
Mikel Arteta is eligible for the Spanish national football team. Arteta has played for Spain at Under 16, Under 17, Under 18 and Under 21 levels but has not played for the senior international team. He represented Spain in the U16 European Championships, UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup, FIFA U17 World Cup and captained Spain in the U21 European Championships qualifying campaign.
In August 2010, several British news organisations erroneously reported that Arteta would be eligible to play for the England national football team due to his eligibility for a British passport. The player is not eligible for England because FIFA Statutes stipulate that the player needs to have held a British passport at the time when he represented Spain at the U16 European Championships and in addition he would have required five years of education in Britain before turning 18.
In November 2011, Arteta reiterated his desire to one day represent his country at international level. "It’s one of my targets and I won’t stop going for it because I really want to represent my country". He went on to praise the current Spanish midfield as "the best midfield the world has ever seen".
On 10 October 2012, fellow Spaniard and Arsenal team-mate Santi Cazorla said that it was 'strange' that Arteta had never been called up by Spain despite consistently impressing in the Premier League.
Style of play
While initially thought of as a "pivot" or defensive midfielder in the mould of his hero Pep Guardiola, it is only since being moved to a more attacking role by David Moyes that Arteta's career has truly begun to flourish. Although he achieved moderate success from central midfield with PSG and Rangers, his move to a more attacking role saw him rated as the sixth most effective player in the Premier League in 2006–07 by the official player ratings system the Actim Index.
Additionally, he has proved an extremely potent creative force thanks mainly to his pinpoint crossing ability and propensity for the killer pass, with his total of 12 league assists in the 2006–07 season being third to Cesc Fàbregas and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since his move to Arsenal, Arteta, has taken a step back into his childhood position of "pivot" which was alongside Alex Song, before his move to Barcelona, and now Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and occasionally Abou Diaby, allowing for the liberation of the other Arsenal midfield players by covering the gaps that appear with intelligent movement and passing.
- As of 26 October 2013
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month (2): September 2002, August 2003
- Everton Player of the Season (2): 2005–06, 2006–07
- Everton Players' Player of the Season (1): 2005–06
- Sky Sports Midfielder of the Year (1): 2006–07
- North West Player of the Year (1): 2006–07
Arteta's wife is the former Miss Spain Lorena Bernal. with whom he has two sons, Gabriel and Daniel. He is close friends with Xabi Alonso, who plays for Real Madrid. The two used to be neighbours at Liverpool's Albert Dock apartment complex.
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