Arsenal Transfers: 5 Reasons Mikel Arteta Is the Answer for Arsene Wenger

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2011

Arsenal Transfers: 5 Reasons Mikel Arteta Is the Answer for Arsene Wenger

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    Arsenal could be nearing a dramatic last-minute deal to bring Mikel Arteta to North London.  Sky Sports has made the claim that a Gunners bid is thought to be imminent.

    If this transfer materializes, it will represent a superb piece of deadline-day business by Arsene Wenger.  Snaring an established Premier League performer like Arteta, could be key in getting Arsenal's season back on track.

    The Spaniard has the quality to ensure that Arsenal remain very much in the fight for at least a top four finish.  Here are five reasons why signing Mikel Arteta would be a good move for Wenger.

5. Premier League Experience

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    Arteta is used to coping with the robust nature of England's top flight.  He would not require any settling in period.

    The frenetic pace combined with some rugged approaches to the game often make the Premier League a daunting challenge for overseas recruits to get used to.

    The Gunners sluggish start to the season means they cannot really afford the time needed for a player to adapt to the often uncharitable environment of the Premiership.

    Attacking midfielder is such a pivotal position in Arsenal's tactical structure, that Wenger needs to be able to rely whoever fills that role being effective immediately.

    Arteta has tweaked his style to handle the speed of the English game and knows what to expect.  His wealth of knowledge would enable him to quickly make a positive start to his Gunners career.

4. Set Piece Expertise

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    Mikel Arteta is quite simply lethal in dead ball situations. Gifted with a shot that is both powerful and accurate, Arteta is a threat to score every time he stands over a free kick in range.

    His unerring composure in front of the goal also serves to make him an expert penalty taker.  In addition to these qualities, Arteta offers a precise and cultured delivery from corners.

    Aside from Robin van Persie, Wenger does not really have a player who is proficient from set pieces.  Andrey Arshavin's corners end up in the goalkeeper's hands more often than not, and no other squad member seems to have van Persie's confidence from free kicks.

    Arteta would give defenses another problem to deal with in these situations and would chip in with some vital goals.

3. Composure in Front of Goal

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    As well as his exploits in dead ball situations, Arteta can also be relied upon to contribute his fair share of valuable strikes from open play.

    The Spaniard's intelligence and awareness allow him to quickly locate the weak spot of a defense and exploit it.

    Arteta utilises his instincts and times his late runs into the box to perfection.  Assured finishing has led to many memorable goals during his Everton career.

    When Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left, Arsene Wenger didn't just lose creativity.  The pair also contributed a healthy number of goals from midfield.

    Arteta could prove crucial in supplementing the efforts of Robin van Persie and the rest of Arsenal's forward line.

2. Well Versed in the Arsenal Style of Play

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    Mikel Arteta's fine technique and skill make him a perfect fit for Arsenal's style of play.  The former Barcelona youth academy graduate is well versed in the method of football Wenger has always set his team's up to play.

    Arteta is an exceptional playmaker.  A cunning passer with excellent vision and touch, he would seamlessly fit into the current Arsenal side and give the Gunners the creative presence they have missed this season.

    Arteta would be a natural focal point of Arsenal's incisive passing game in Wenger's fluid style.  The current personnel and formation demands a player with the characteristics of Arteta.

1. Eagerness to Prove Himself at the Highest Level

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    Arteta would relish the chance to prove his credentials in the Champions League.  He is desperate for international recognition, at a time when his nation is spoilt for choice at his position.

    Aged 29, Arteta knows that the time is running out for him to show what he can do at the highest level.  A move to a top four club would give Arteta the perfect chance to do just that.

    His desire to prove himself in Europe's biggest competition and the increased national team exposure a big move might yield, could lead to some stunning performances for Arsenal.

    Joining up with Arsene Wenger could lead to the kind of late career flourish Dennis Bergkamp experienced when working with the Frenchman.

    If Wenger can round out his transfer business by capturing a playmaker as accomplished as Arteta, the Gunners boss will go a long way to restoring confidence both in himself and his rebuilding team.