Mikel Arteta’s deadline day signing almost didn’t happen. We at Arseblog News don’t really want to think about the fact it nearly didn’t, we’re just glad he’s on board.
The Spaniard has added maturity and experience to the Arsenal midfield, and while at Everton he chipped in with a fair share of goals, his more conservative role in the steadily improving Arsenal midfield means he’s had to curb some of his natural attacking instincts.
He has netted twice for the Gunners this season and although he’s anxious to contribute more in that regard he knows the work he’s doing as link man in midfield is important too.
“If there’s something I’d like to do more it’s probably to get more around the box, to score more goals and to create a few more things,” he told the Arsenal Magazine. “But I think at the moment we’re trying to build a team, starting by being secure at the back.
“As soon as we get all that right I can see myself getting into more advanced positions. I want to help the team by scoring goals, doing more in the final third and being more decisive. But equally I think it’s been important to get everyone together, working hard and ensuring there is more balance in the side.”
In the absence of Jack Wilshere and the intermittent fitness of Abou Diaby, Arteta, Alex Song and Aaron Ramsey have become the first choice midfield trio at the club and Mik believes they work well together.
“I think we’ve got a good mix there,” he said. “Alex is more of a holding midfielder. He’s good on the ball, really strong physically and can get the ball back for us and protect the back four really well.
“Aaron is, if not exactly a number 10, someone who can get into the box, create things in the final third and score goals. He’s a really talented young player with a great future. Having Alex and me behind him gives him a lot of freedom to do what he’s good at, and we try and make the most of it.”
Read the rest of this interview in this month’s edition of the Arsenal Magazine