Mikel Arteta
Height:1.79 m
Date of birth:26-03-1982
Place of birth:San Sebastián, Spain


Mikel Arteta Amatriain as a player was a midfielder. He was mostly used as a central midfielder in a playmaker role. Arteta played together with Xabi Alonso at Antiguoko before moving to the B-squad at FC Barcelona. He joined Arsenal from Everton in 2011. He was with Arsenal for five years, winning two FA Cups and two Community Shields in the process.

Arteta then joined Manchester City in 2016, as an assistant manager to Pep Guardiola. He stayed there for three-and-half years, winning several trophies with the Citizens. Arteta was then asked to re-join Arsenal as manager in December 2019. He took the job and started on 20 December, just before Christmas. He took over from Freddie Ljungberg, who had been Arsenal’s interim manager for 6 games following Unai Emery’s departure.

His first game saw Arsenal draw with Bournemouth on Boxing Day. That was not the start he hoped for. Three days later Arsenal lost 1-2 to Chelsea, but Arsenal played a very impressive first half. The first signs of a real turnaround came when Arsenal won against Manchester United on the first day of 2020. Arteta guided Arsenal to an impressive 2-0 victory. Let’s hope it’s the start of a wonderful era.

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Image Credits: Ronnie Macdonald, CC BY 2.0 license.