Arteta: A Thank You.

In yesterday’s press conference Mr Wenger confirmed that our Club Captain Mr. Arteta will be leaving this summer.

When we signed Mikel from Everton he was 29 y.o. with much PL experience – it seemed a decent but uninspiring squad signing; at the time we had a young squad who needed guidance and, if nothing else, Arteta is a cool- head when the pressure is on.

But …. I see the signing of Arteta as symptomatic of the lean years. He is a good player but he is not a great player. The usual epithet is that Mikel is a “model professional (MP)” which is just another term for journeyman – Mark Noble is a MP, Milner is a MP etc MP’s do not inspire, they are the water-carriers and every team needs one but the best teams have the best players and IMO Arsenal could have bought better. If a player is not good enough to earn a single cap for his country then they are not going to lead a team to the PL title.


Part of the problem was that Arteta did not really have a set role, he was neither a DM nor an AM. Lacking pace, aggression and trickery he did not inspire but he was reliable – a much under-rated asset.

Arteta seems a top bloke, he has wonderful hair, he appears unhurried on the pitch with an eye a pass. He takes a mean penalty. He captained the team to the FA Cup victory over Hull.

However, in the 5 seasons he has been at AFC he has played just over 100 games – slightly more than 20 a season. Why? Because since the start of the 2014/15 season he has played just 15 games.

How will Arteta’s time at AFC be remembered? For me, it probably won’t be. I have always been underwhelmed by Arteta’s signing thinking that as likeable as he is, Mikel is not Arsenal quality..

Mikel Arteta has been Arsenal Captain which is surely the pinnacle of any player’s career. He was Captain during a turbulent period in the club’s history and did so with good grace, intelligence and panache. Arteta appears to be ideal manager material and has been taking his coaching badges.

I wish him well and expect to see him back working at The Emirates sometime in the future.

written by Big Raddy


75 Responses to Arteta: A Thank You.

  1. fatgingergooner says:

    A tad harsh I think. You can’t have the best players all of the time, and at the time we signed Arteta he was exactly the kind of player that we needed. One with experience, leadership and above all one without ego. He was willing to give up his attacking style and sacrifice himself for the team. During the first 2 seasons he was pivotal to how we played. I agree he lacked ‘Arsenal quality’ but he had ‘Arsenal heart’ and an ‘Arsenal brain’ and he put them to good use.

    His decline has been a shame as during his Everton days and early Arsenal days he was an outstanding PL player. Shame he never got that Spanish cap, but they don’t give them away like England do (Michael Ricketts anyone!?) and he had some very talented players in front of him. I hope he stays in a coaching role as he seems a top lad, and as you said, has great hair!

  2. mikesteeden says:

    He was a bit of gem with the disguised ‘tackle’ holding up/preventing a counter attack. Many could/should learn that craft from him.

  3. kelsey says:

    Yet again Jack Wilshere shows what a yob he is. Spitting at his next door neighbour regardless who is right or wrong in a neighbourly dispute.He is an integral part of the Arsenal and England team (if he remains injury free) but how much longer will Wenger tolerate his behaviour.Jack knows he is constantly in the public eye, is a father, and needs to grow up and show some responsibility or he will be โ€œa rebel without causeโ€

    โ€œWhat a shame that such a talent is at serious risk of going down the same route as so many of his predecessors, a la Gascojne. It would seem that their talent and their brains are often in the same place, i.e Their feet

    Raddy, he could have learnt from someone like Arteta.How did he never have a hair out of place ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Raddy. Am with FGG. Arteta filled a big gap left by the departures of Cesc and chinless. Yes he lacked Cesc’s guile and quality but he was uber motivated, loyal, adaptable and intelligent. It was a difficult period in which Arteta was instrumental to help us move to the next stage for which he gave his all. A real injury cut his Arsenal career short, but a big thank you to Mikel for all he has done for the team.

  5. chas says:

    Muchas gracias, BR.
    Muchas gracias, Mikel.

    I think he was a great player until Venga started playing him out of position. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ooo, he’s off to City.

  6. chas says:

    Not that any of us always want to believe the worst of Jack!

  7. RA says:

    Oh, stop it, Chas. It’s in the Sun — so it must be right. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. RA says:

    Well done, Radster. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am unable, even after the AA years to predict what you are thinking or inclined to say about a player.

    Fo example, I have been on or around AA during a match which has been dire, and I have seen you castigate Theo, and rightly so – only a day or two later to say you would always have in the team.

    Arteteteteta seems similar albeit a polar opposite, in that when Arsenal play badly, Mikel is rarely held up to be the ‘guilty’ party, but has played with intelligence, professional and supportive of his team mates.

    But your Post has surprisingly given him the Black Spot.

    I know he has always been slow, and recently came to a dead stop, but against that he always played a captain’s role, even tho others were given the monitor’s armband.

    Why Wenger has not seen that, and offered him a coaching role is beyond me.

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Not happy about MU winning.

  10. JM says:

    Middlesbrough promoted to PL. At least one representative from North East England, should either Newcastle or/and Sunderland get relegated.

  11. Per merteslacker says:

    While I generally agree with most of the articles written here I find this one to be way off the mark.Arteta was an outstanding footballer!The man was the brain of our team, every move started with him.We would not have won the FA cup in 2014 without him in our squad, we would not have qualified for the champions league since 2012 without him.Arguably the best passer of a ball in England for the last decade.He is one of the most important signings we’ve ever made and was an absolute joy to watch run a match from midfield.

    For all the attention forwards get players like Arteta,Xavi,Alonso,Busquets,Pirlo are the real talents in football intelligent midfielders who dictate how their team play.At the highest level If you don’t have that tactically aware midfielder you don’t have a team(see Arsenal this season with Ramsey in that role).

  12. JM says:

    Play smart against MC next; Avoid getting dragged back into a 4th place slugfest with MC, MU and WHU.

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Per. Watching football is all about opinion and I do not agree with you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes Arteta is a decent player but the heart of our team? No. It was Cesc and then Santi and now Ozil.

    Yo cannot compare Ramsey to Arteta, their games are different – one runs non-stop and contributes all over the pitch, the other is more disciplined and operates around the centre circle.

    I think that had AW not had financial constraints he would have bought a better and younger player than Arteta.

    But please do not misunderstand, in my opinion Arteta has done a fine job for Arsenal and never let us down.

  14. Big Raddy says:

    JM. Agree. We could be forced into needing 3 points from our home game vs Villa, and that is a potential banana skin

  15. kelsey says:

    The guy is always in the media for the wrong reasons I can think of at least three times in the last can’t just say it’s a story made up from The Red Tops. jack is Jack and he won’t change most probably detromental to his career.We will see.

    Welll do we fiish 2nd,3rd,4th,5th or 6th ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. kelsey says:

    sorry forget about 6th ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Raddy you mean to get that elusive 4th trophy yet again ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. chas says:

  18. RA says:

    I suspect I am wasting my time on here, and I am, like Micky this morning and others, becoming bored talking to myself, but just in case, I am watching Kantรฉ and Mahrez v Everton, and am delighted we might get one of them …. both are terrific players whose to care.

    Come on Leicester – spank poor old Everton! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. RA says:

    whose = who seem

  20. RA says:

    I feel a little sorry for Martinez, another decent human being, and a better manager than he appears this season, but I feel this could be his penultimate game as manager of Everton.

    Mahrez looks magnificent – which probably means a ‘big’ club will get him!

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    Bonsoir Mes Amis

    Brief visit. In for douche from surfing, now off to a party. Oh hooray ๐Ÿ™„

    Thank you Erik
    I have always liked Arteta, and remember being delighted when we signed a classy No10 with a deadly free kick. Then Arsene moved him backwards ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very smooth operator Mikel. Bit like Transplant.

    Just watched Andrea Bocelli kicking off proceedings for Leicester game. Very good. Not fat enough to be a serious tenor, but still a nice touch.

    Over and out.

  22. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually RA, I’m very at ease talking to myself. Always agreeing with everything I say is most satisfying ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy the game. Nite

  23. fatgingergooner says:

    Bored of Leicester already.

    Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Dyer are all PL rejects.

    Fair play to them for achieving something amazing, but let’s not start to rattle on about what amazing players they are. They are average players who have managed to come together at the perfect time to do something that will not happen again in a 100 years. They will do well to finish top half next season and they know that themselves.

    No sour grapes here, just reality. Well done Leicester, enjoy it whilst it lasts.

  24. Oh boy, I want to be at one of those party’s at my stadium. Haven’t seen a stage on an Arsenal pitch since we left Highbury which was actually 10 years ago today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    ……….which means there’s another 10 year anniversary coming up quite soon. Not a celebration but an anniversary nonetheless ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Hahahahahahahaha

  26. Big Raddy says:

    RA. You make an interesting point – well, interesting to me!

    Is blogging a waste of time if there isn’t a response? This is something I have been considering for some time and I decided that … yes, it is.

    We get hundreds and often thousands of hits a day which means that many people are reading what is written even if no-one responds.

    I don’t like Leicester. I begrudge them their victory and only laud them because they stopped Spurs winning the title.

  27. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, I think Arteta was an integral part of our team for 3 years. I got a bit of stick for saying ‘A’ is for Arteta in this post from 2012 …

  28. chas says:


  29. Eddie says:

    Raddy on Leicester – me too! Don’t understand why people want me to be happy about them winning the league. Well I am not.

    I suppose it is good for football, but not good for us.

  30. Eddie says:

    Boy George

  31. Eddie says:

    chas – are you going to the game? Is it a MWG, yet again?

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    6.30 – 7.00 Chas
    7.00- 7.30 Eddie

    And Raddy says blogging is a waste of time if there isnโ€™t a response

    Thank goodness no-one listens to him ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. chas says:

    I think he meant no, it isn’t a waste of time. Why else would he mention those who read but not comment?

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    “Is blogging a waste of time if there isnโ€™t a response? This is something I have been considering for some time and I decided that โ€ฆ yes, it is”

    Look, I do not like agreeing with him more than the next man, but that’s pretty clear ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you have to sit next to an oasis brother?

  35. chas says:

    Yeah, but this implies the opposite. ๐Ÿ™‚

    “We get hundreds and often thousands of hits a day which means that many people are reading what is written even if no-one responds.”

    I hope so.

  36. chas says:

    Yep, we’re going.
    One of Ant’s college mates has offered us the whole prawn sandwich experience, starting at 2pm.

  37. chas says:

    There’s no first class on the train to Manchester, no free wi-fi, so the Ant and Duck extravaganza may be a little sparse today.

    Phew, thank Dennis for that, said a couple of hundred peeps who read but never comment.

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Will there be a meat option for savages? And if so, are we talking rare breed beef, or are we talking tescos sausages rolls

    And of course the biggest question. Free refreshments?

  39. kelsey says:

    Not only am I the king of the Doomers but i also get the least response from anyone, as either they know I am right or they say the same thing themselves without reading my carefully thought out post.

    Well Sanchez and Ozil have to play today as if they are looking for a transfer and Welbeck must start.
    So we in all probability if we win we finish at least third, if not possibly forth and all that it entails comingg= back two weeks early straight after the euros and of course ther is the possibilty of coming fifth. Oh what joy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    You are the King. Hail ๐Ÿ™‚

    Funnily enough, the other day someone called you a broken record, and for some odd reason, you appeared a little upset.

    I would have thought you’d have taken that as a compliment, given you went on to say “I’ve been saying the same thing for years”

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. mickydidit89 says:

    You’ll have free wifi inside the ground courtesy of pairing up with Liam Oasis, and we want pics of the nibbles

    Are we talking finger food, or are they taking this corporate thing seriously?

  42. TotalArsenal says:

    Chas, @6.50 is that Old Red Nose?

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas could be unbearable tonight

  44. chas says:

    It’s a full 7 course meal.
    Well it will be when Ant launches into options. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. chas says:

    It’s John Hawley, TA.
    Ask Terry about him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. TotalArsenal says:

    Chas, I decided a long time ago that asking Terry about something I don’t know anything about is a very unwise thing to do. Always stay in control with Mischievous Terry, I’d say.. ๐Ÿ™„

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    Enjoy the experience, Chas, and put a fiver on Koz scoring first today; I have a feeling it will be him ๐Ÿ˜‰

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    Let’s hope Ant at least tries to blend in and selects a Citeh powder blue suit


  49. mickydidit89 says:

  50. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    My 9.26 was written after a half bottle of cognac which may explain why it makes little sense. It also explains my late start and the late PM (I will start writing after a couple more pots of coffee).

  51. kelsey says:

    Micky at 9.22.I think you have nailed it.

  52. Big Raddy says:

    Ahh, Sir Les. The Ozzie Minister of Culture. Looks like me this morning.

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah but Crystals

    Look how only two minutes later I regained composure ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

  55. chas mobile says:

  56. Per Merteslacker says:

    @Big Raddy

    That reply seemed condescending but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.I cant see how anyone questions that Arteta was a top class player,his passing,reading of the game and his playmaking from deep were truly world class, though he wasn’t a gifted athlete.

    Speaking about the heart of our team you missed a season between Cesc and Santi, conveniently Artetas first season. RVP was the focal point of the attack but Arteta controlled our game.

    I think you missed my point about Ramsey, to be clear I’m talikng about the differences in their respective approaches to playing in midfield. The lack of a disciplined playmaker in midfield cost us dearly it is vital to a possession based game.

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