Mikel Arteta: The most difficult Arsenal player I ever played against
Written by Renzo on September 26, 2011 4:45
Unbelievable, the most impressive player I played against in England. These are the words midfielder Mikel Arteta used to described the gone but never forgotten Thierry Henry.
Answering questions submitted by the fans on Arsenal Player, the Spaniard remembered a game played at Highbury in which the Frenchman was the best player on the pitch, doing unbelievable things with the ball and showing the confidence of a top-class player with the midfielder describing the Arsenal legend as the “most impressive player” he ever faced.
Asked about what it means to play at the Emirates Stadium, the 29-year old confessed that just stepping on the pitch is an “unbelievable feeling” adding that he can’t wait to play regularly in such a fascinating venue.
Full of praise for compatriots Xavi and Iniesta, Arteta concluded by revealing that he closely followed Arsenal even when at Everton as he described the Gunners as his favourite team to watch in TV adding that he is a big admirer of some of the players who made history at the Club.
On Henry and Arsenal, the midfielder said:
[The most difficult Arsenal player I ever played against?] Thierry Henry. I remember when we played at Highbury, he was unbelievable, it seems that he was playing with his kids.
He was much much better than any other player on the pitch, he was so confident. I always said that he’s been the most impressive player I played against in England.
[My first impressions of the Emirates Stadium?] I went for a drive the other day and I got in and it’s unbelievable, to just play there every five or six days, it’s an unbelievable feeling, I can’t wait.
[A Spanish player who would I would want to see at Arsenal?] Xavi or Iniesta, one of them, they are my favourite players.
No one would complain about it, they have been absolutely terrific for the last few years and what they’ve done for Spain is unbelievable.
[My knowledge on the history of Arsenal?] I’m getting there, I know quite a lot because I always followed Arsenal because it was my favourite team to watch on the TV and I’ve been a big admirer of some of the players who played here in the last twenty years.