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Mikel Arteta

33-Year-Old Midfielder     Arsenal  Premier


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Birthdate:  March 26, 1982    Birthplace:  San Sebastian, Spain    Nationality:  Spain    Height:  5' 9"    Weight:  141 lbs    

May 14, 2015    Mikel Arteta News

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Arteta (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It is believed that Arteta has fully recovered from his ankle injury but he's not close enough to match fitness to warrant even a spot on the bench. Even at full health, he is unlikely to grab his starting spot back from Francis Coquelin, who has played very well during Arteta's absence.

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Mikel Arteta: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

May 7, 2015

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Arteta (ankle) will not play Monday against Swansea City.

There is an indication that Arteta has recovered from his ankle injury but he's not close enough to match fitness to be considered for inclusion. However, with the success that Francis Coquelin has had during Arteta's absence, it's unclear if the Spaniard would even get his starting spot back if he was fit.

April 23, 2015

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Thursday that Arteta has returned to full training but he is not match fit to feature Sunday against Chelsea. "He's getting closer," Wenger said. "He's back in full training but is still a bit short physically to go into a game of this intensity."

With Francis Coquelin playing so well since returning from his loan at Charlton Athletic, there is little reason for the club to rush Arteta back before he is fully fit.

April 17, 2015

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Arteta will not play in Saturday's FA Cup semifinal against Reading, as he is still not match fit following his recovery from an ankle injury.

Arteta had ankle surgery back in January, and while he has been working his way back with the U-21 side, he's obviously not ready for full-time play yet. The Arsenal midfield is surprisingly fit right now, giving little reason to rush Arteta back, especially with how good Francis Coquelin has been in his absence.

April 4, 2015

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Arteta (ankle) is not in the 18-man squad to face Liverpool on Saturday.

Arteta played in an U-21 match Tuesday and there was hope that he'd be able to make Saturday's team. However, he may not be match fit after the long absence, and he'll remain sidelined for at least one more game. Francis Coquelin will continue to start in holding midfield alongside Aaron Ramsey.

April 2, 2015

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Arteta played in an U-21 game Tuesday as he continues his recover from an ankle injury, and he may be available for Saturday's match against Liverpool.

Given how well Francis Coquelin has played in Arteta's absence, it's unclear if the Spaniard will regain his starting job when he's back to match fitness.

March 13, 2015

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Arteta (ankle) returned to full training Friday, and manager Arsene Wenger said he expects Arteta to return in three weeks.

Arsenal has used a revolving door of players next to Francis Coquelin while Arteta has been out, with a fit Aaron Ramsey the likeliest choice to play there in the coming weeks.

January 15, 2015

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Arteta had surgery on his injured ankle this week, and he is expected to miss three months. "He had a limited mobility in his ankle and some persistent inflammation that had an impact on his calf," manager Arsene Wenger said.

The news of ankle surgery was a bit surprising given Arteta was believed to be suffering from a calf injury, but Wenger's explanation helps understand the situation. Arteta isn't a huge fantasy asset in most formats, though he does take the penalties for Arsenal when he is fit. Aaron Ramsey is back from injury, so he is likely to head back into the starting XI in Arteta's place.