Mikel Arteta Wiki – Biography
Mikel Arteta Age
Mikel Arteta Early career
Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Arteta began his football career at Antiguoko and befriended fellow midfielder Xabi Alonso as they played together every weekend. The two often played along the beaches and gutters of San Sebastián and dreamed of playing together at Real Sociedad. Arteta left for the FC Barcelona B squad at 15 years of age while Alonso signed for Real Sociedad later. Despite his potential Arteta failed to break into the first team, and went out on loan to French club Paris Saint-Germain in December 2000. During a season and a half in Paris, Arteta was used by manager Luis Fernandez primarily as a playmaker. He made his first appearances in the UEFA Champions League, in the 2000–01-second group stage. PSG wanted to keep Arteta at the end of the loan period and did have a ‘buy first’ option. However, Arteta was signed by Rangers in March 2002, after the Scottish club made a more financially impressive offer to Barcelona, although he remained with PSG until the end of the 2001–02 season.
Mikel Arteta International career
Arteta played for Spain at youth level. He played in the victorious 1999 UEFA European Under-16 Championship campaign, at the 1999 UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup, 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, and captained the side in the 2004 U21 European Championships qualifying campaign.
In 2010, there were moves by the English FA and Fabio Capello to see if Arteta could represent England, believing he qualified under FIFA’s five-year residency rule, FIFA ruled this out however with Arteta claiming in an interview in 2016 that he “almost went to war with FIFA” over the ruling.
Mikel Arteta Coaching career
On 3 July 2016, Arteta was appointed an assistant coach at Manchester City, alongside fellow assistants Brian Kidd and Domènec Torrent, and manager Pep Guardiola.
Mikel Arteta Style of play
While initially thought of as a “pivot” or defensive midfielder in the mould of Pep Guardiola, it was only since being moved to a more attacking role, first by Luis Fernandez at PSG, that Arteta’s career truly began to flourish. He was rated as the sixth most effective player in the Premier League in 2006–07 by the official player rating] system the Action Index. Arteta returned to his original deeper midfield role at Arsenal.
His total of 12 league assists in the 2006–07 season was third to Cesc Fàbregas and Cristiano Ronaldo. With 100 fouls committed against him in the same season, he was the most fouled player in the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta Personal life
Arteta is multilingual, speaking fluent Spanish, Basque, Catalan, and English. He speaks some French, Italian and Portuguese.