It was an unbelievable feeling to captain Arsenal, admits Arteta

Mikel Arteta was handed the captain's armband in the absence of Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelan as Arsenal beat Leeds

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Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton in the summer Photo: BohemianFC, via Flickr

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Mikel Arteta admitted his delight at captaining Arsenal after the midfielder led the Gunners to a 1-0 victory over Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday night.

The 29-year-old, who was handed the armband by Arsène Wenger in the absence of Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen as the north Londoners sealed victory thanks to Thierry Henry’s 78th-minute winner, said: “It was really pleasing for me to be captain for a club like Arsenal, it’s unbelievable.

“I just want to thank my team-mates for the effort, my manager for the support and hopefully we can build on this and win against Swansea.”

The former Everton skipper admitted the Gunners struggled to breakdown a resilient Leeds – but Arteta believes their patient approach paid off as Wenger’s side set up a fourth-round clash against Aston Villa.

He continued: “We had many chances to finish it off much earlier but it seems to be like it a lot this year at the Emirates. At least we won, we are through and it was a good result after the disappointment of the Fulham game.

“It is [frustrating] because if you score two goals in the first half it makes it much easier. It becomes harder to control a game [when it remains 0-0], everybody is getting a bit anxious to score and it makes it harder.

“But we were really patient and in the end made the right decision to win the game.”

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