Arsenal FC: 5 Reasons Mikel Arteta Can Spark a Rejuvenation
On transfer deadline day, Mikel Arteta arrived at Arsenal in a £10 million deal. His arrival was part of a shift in transfer policy by coach Arsene Wenger and evidence that the previous tactic of only signing youngsters with potential was being abandoned.
Here, we outline five reasons the Spanish playmaker can help rejuvenate Arsenal's season.
Mikel Arteta Talks the Talk
Mikel Arteta is brimming with confidence and self belief following his deadline day move from Everton.
He is already targeting silverware with Arsenal, saying, "The difference between winning trophies and not can sometimes be very small details. The important thing is to get to semifinals and finals because, when you do, you have a chance. We have to make sure we are close."
He Has Bags of Experience
At previous club Everton, Mikel Arteta played 174 Premier League games in six years. That kind of experience will be vital when manager Arsene Wenger is nurturing young talent like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emmanuel Frimpong.
He Has Geniune Quality
Mikel Arteta is recognized as one of the English game's top performers over the past six years and was close to an international call-up to World Champions Spain before injury struck in February 2009.
He was Everton's best player during his first three years with the club, has picked up the prestigious North West Footballer of the Year award ahead of the likes of Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard and was rated the sixth best player in the Premier League by the ACTIM index in 2007.
He Fits Perfectly into Arsene Wenger's Vision of Pure Football
As a graduate of the famed Barcelona academy and an exponent of pass and move during his Everton career, Mikel Arteta fits perfectly into his new coach's view of how football should be played.
With his vision and creativity, the Spanish midfielder should seamlessly fill the position recently vacated by former captain Cesc Fabregas.
He Wants To Make Up for Lost Time
Nobody should doubt that Everton are a big club, but they have fallen on hard times recently and been unable to challenge consistently for the major trophies of the modern game. As a result, there was always a suspicion that Mikel Arteta was missing the opportunity for the silverware that his talents deserved.
Now 29, his high-profile move to Arsenal provides Arteta with one last chance to win trophies. It is a chance he is likely to try and seize with both hands.