If Arteta does indeed become Arsene Wenger’s replacement, his arrival at the Emirates certainly won’t be met with calls of ‘Arteta Who?’.
The Spaniard is beloved at Arsenal following his five years and 150 games for the club.
Mikel Arteta is now the frontrunner to replace Arsene Wenger as the new Arsenal manager
Who is Mikel Arteta?
Mikel Arteta Amatriain was born on March 26, 1982, in San Sebastian. As a child, he befriended future Liverpool and Barcelona star Xabi Alonso, before Alonso went on to place for Sociedad and he for Barcelona B.
In March 2002, Rangers signed Arteta for £6 million. The then 19-year-old quickly became a firm favourite at the club, even scoring on his Old Firm derby debut.
Arteta would only spend one more, trophyless, season with Rangers, but the Spaniard said the Scottish football league helped him become a better footballer.
‘But Scottish football was tough, really tough. It was really physical, people got at you and I had to improve on that a lot. I think I did that to get to the level that the Premier League required of me,’ he told STV News back in 2012.
In 2004, Real Sociedad signed Arteta with the intention of playing him alongside his childhood friend Alonso, but then ended up selling the latter to Liverpool.
However, Arteta failed to cement a place in the team and in the January 2005 transfer window, he was signed by David Moyes’s Everton on loan, with an option to make it permanent.
Arteta became a stalwart of the Everton team, spending six years with the club, before Arsenal came calling in August 2011.
Everton fans were initially unhappy with the move, but Arteta defended himself at the time, saying: ‘I am 29 years old so I haven’t got much time left to take a chance like this one. I think I have done my best for Everton.’
Arteta spent five years with Arsenal, becoming the club’s captain before the 2014/2015 season.
During the 2013/2014 season Arteta won his first trophy in English football, when Arsenal beat Hull City 3-2 to win the FA Cup.
Arteta retired from professional football at the end of the 2015/2016 season and immediately joined Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at Manchester City.
What is Mikel Arteta’s net worth?
Mikel Arteta’s net worth is estimated to be $13 million (£9.6m), according to Richest Lifestyle.
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