Signed from Everton for a fee of about 10 million pounds on deadline day of the summer transfer window of 2011, Mikel Arteta has since become an extremely important player to Arsenal thus far.
Being the main conductor of the Arsenal orchestra, Arteta has brought to the Gunners incisive passing, creativity from midfield, accurate set pieces and threatening long ranged efforts.
So, was Arteta a good enough player to fill the void left by Cesc Fabregas when he left Arsenal for Barcelona?
Statistically wise, Arteta does not match up to Fabregas. When Cesc was at the club, he was dishing out assists like none other and was a consistent goal scorer for the team. The only statistic that Arteta could match up to Cesc was his consistent and accurate passing.
Furthermore, Cesc is a regular international for Spain while Arteta, despite being a Spaniard, has not had the chance to represent his country due to the wide range of talent within.
However, Arteta could bring calmness and experience to the midfield. At 29, he has played in countless premier league matches and had been in many different scenarios at his time in Everton.
He could impart leadership to our relatively young midfield and is great at keeping the ball. His cool head has already gotten Arsenal out of many dangerous positions. His set pieces are also deadly and he can help Arsenal in terms of knocking in long ranged efforts.
Though Arteta would never be the player that Cesc was for Arsenal, he could still bring a very different dimension to the team. When he first arrived at Arsenal, he stated that he wanted Arsenal fans to remember him as ‘Mikel Arteta’ and not the ‘Cesc Fabregas replacement’.
So far, Arteta’s contribution has been rather evident and significant to the team. Hopefully he would continue his good run of form and maybe become an Arsenal legend in future.