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.
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.
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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.
He eventually decided to join fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola at Manchester City as one of his coaches in July 2016 making him the second former Gunners captain (after Patrick Vieira) to reject a coaching role at Arsenal and make the move up north.
After three and a half successful years at The Etihad Stadium winning two Premier League titles, two FA Cup wins and two EFL Cup wins, Arteta left to join Arsenal as their new manager in December 2019.
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Mikel Arteta: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Arsenal, Everton|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com