Mikel Arteta: Why I’ve always been an Arsenal supporter
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta speaks about his long-standing admiration for the Gunners's style of play
Mikel Arteta says he has always been an Arsenal fan since he moved to the Premier League in 2005.
The Gunners captain made his first top-flight appearance in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the north London side’s first Premier League win of the season.
I have managed to win trophies – which [the club] didn’t do for nine years – and be a big part of this club so I’m really happy
The Spain international, who also made a cameo appearance in their 1-0 win against Newcastle United in their most recent outing, has endured an injury-hit 12 months.
And Arsenal skipper Arteta, who moved to The Emirates from Everton in a £10m deal in 2011, is still enjoying being part of the Gunners squad.
“It has been a dream and a real pleasure to be part of this club,” Arteta told Arsenal Player.
“I was always an Arsenal supporter when I was in England because I loved the club’s philosophy and I wanted to enjoy this club.
“I think I have been developing every year to be more and more important to the point where I’m the Arsenal captain, which is something I’m really privileged and honoured to do.
“Last year I had some difficult moments with my injury, but I have managed to win trophies – which [the club] didn’t do for nine years – and be a big part of this club so I’m really happy.”
Arteta scored 14 goals in 101 Premier League games for the Gunners during a four-season stay at The Emirates.
The Gunners midfielder has won back-to-back FA Cups with the north London side during his spell at Arsenal.
Manager Arsene Wenger named Arteta the club’s permanent captain in 2014 after their first cup win.