Arsene Wenger on why Arteta is important, says Arshavin could start today
Written by Jeffrey on November 26, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for midfielder Mikel Arteta after the Spaniard was again very solid, on Wednesday night.
Speaking to Arsenal Player ahead of today’s late-afternoon game against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium, the manager explained that the 29-year old is a very important player in his formation as he is quality when the Gunners push forward but also an important asset in the defensive department when the team is under pressure.
The Arsenal boss also explained that the defensive side of his game is extremely important and that he’s doing a very good job in that department, reason why he has been featuring on a regular basis in his starting line-up.
And on Andrey Arshavin, Wenger explained that the Russia International is not just a back-up player in his squad as he can play an important role for the Gunners this season.
After the Dortmund game, the manager said:
[Mikel Arteta?] He is an extremely important player in our team because he has both sides that make a team good.
He is consistent going forward, technically fantastic and he works very hard for the team. He is an organiser too and does the job defensively in vital parts.
We look solid at the moment and he has to take a big part of the credit because he does both jobs offensively and defensively – with quality.
I am very happy with his defensive job and he is rewarded for it because he plays.
If I play him it is because I am happy with the job he does and if he had not done such a consistent job defensively he would not be in the team.
I believe that Mikel Arteta is a winner and on the pitch he does what is needed to help the team win. That’s what I rate.
[Andrey Arshavin?] He’s not a back-up player but at the moment he doesn’t play. Maybe he will play on Saturday.
I feel sorry for every player who doesn’t play but it is part of our job. Competition is part of our job and you must accept that in some periods of your career somebody can get in front of you.