Mikel Arteta

 

Where is Mikel Arteta now?

A creative attacking midfielder renowned for his pinpoint crossing and killer passes, Mikel Arteta retired from playing at the end of the 2015-16 season at the age of 34.



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Arteta enjoyed success both in England with Arsenal where he won the FA Cup twice and in Scotland with Rangers where he won the Scottish Premiership and League Cup in the same season.

Arteta had made it clear during his final season at Arsenal that he wished to pursue a coaching career after he had finished playing which led to offers from Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur as well as from Arsenal.

Although Arteta was good friends with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino from their playing days at Paris St Germain, it would have been too problematic to join the North London side because of his Arsenal connections.

Arteta eventually decided to join fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola at Manchester City as one of his coaches in July 2016.

He was the second former Arsenal captain (after Patrick Vieira) to reject a coaching role at Arsenal and move up to Manchester City.

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Mikel Arteta: Premier League Statistics

NationalitySpanish
PositionMidfielder
Appearances284
Goals Scored41
Yellow Cards43
Red Cards4
Premier League Teams Played forArsenal, Everton

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com

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