Mikel Arteta: I’ve put too much pressure on myself at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has not enjoyed his time at Arsenal as much as he should have because of the pressure he puts on himself

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Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton in 2011 Photo: Twitter/Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta admits that he has not enjoyed his time at Arsenal as much as he should have – because he puts too much pressure on himself.

The midfielder has been a mainstay of Arsene Wenger’s first-team since joining the Gunners from Everton back in the summer of 2011.

Arteta, 32, has made 27 Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far this season, scoring two goals.

I have long discussions with my wife every time we have a bad result

Mikel Arteta

But the Spaniard says that the pressure he has put on himself to perform for the north London side has hampered his enjoyment since arriving in north London.

“That I achieved what I wanted to achieve but with one particular regret — that I haven’t enjoyed it as much as I should have done,” Arteta told Arsenal magazine.

“And that”s because I always put too much pressure on myself, trying to improve things that are not going well, not just in my own game but other things around the players or the club.

“I find it difficult to say ‘I love it’ because I’m constantly putting myself under pressure, there’s always a next target or a ‘we won but we didn’t do a certain thing well’ nagging away at you. And it’s always like that.

“The fight to switch off gets harder and harder. I just can’t do it.

“I have long discussions with my wife every time we have a bad result and I constantly think about what we can improve, what we did wrong, what happened in the game.”

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