Friday, April 18, 2014

Mikel Arteta - The Fallen Spaniard ?

Mikel Arteta Amatriain joined Arsenal F.C in the ill-fated summer of 2011. With the club reeling under the after-math of the 
debilitating loss (8-2)inflicted at the hands of Manchester United. Arsene Wenger was forced into making a wild dash in the transfer market which. Signed from Everton for a reported fee of 11 Mn. pounds, the Spaniard was dubbed as the poor man's Cesc Fabregas. 
However with the club in a desperate need of a player to fill their celebrated El-Captain's boots, the signing (at that time) seemed a wise one. After all the player was a star at Goodison Park voted as the Toffees best player for consecutive seasons in the previous years.
Upon departing Everton, Arteta said "I am 29 years old so I haven't got much time left to take a chance like this one. I have done by best for Everton." 
  Arteta's movement on the ball especially his ability to act as a bridge between the back four and the forwards was touted that coupled with his eye for making a complete pass and composure on the ball was hailed as second to none at the club And for that he was appointed as the club’s vice-captain in 2012. in the same position first along with Alex Song and then with the likes of Jack Wilshire, Matheiu Flamini allowing the other players to move forwards with his side-ways passing. His style of play as a ‘pivot’ which was said to bring a certain calmness to the teams play has been branded as 'slow' by the fans. 
      Also this season the  players natural position has come into threat with return of Matheiu Flamini, and with Arteta not getting any younger his performances have drastically suffered leading to many calling for the Spaniard to be benched in favour of the aggressive Frenchman

In light of his abyssal performances against Liverpool(A) and Chelsea(A), wherein the gunners shipped a mammoth 11 goals in these 2 games alone. Many at the Emirates feel the spaniard who’s contract runs out in the summer should not be offered a new deal. This coupled with the rise of a certain Frenchman and Aaron Ramsey’s ability to play in the defensive role as further strengthened the reasons for Arteta’s departure at the end of the season.