Mikel Arteta Amatriain is a Spanish professional football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Premier League club Arsenal. Arteta played for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Valencia and Atletico Bilbao in a number of different countries. He won the Ballon d’Or in 2007 and 2008.
About Mikel Arteta in brief
Mikel Arteta Amatriain is a Spanish professional football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Premier League club Arsenal. Born in San Sebastián, Arteta began his senior career at Barcelona in 1999. He failed to break into the first team and went on loan to Paris Saint-Germain in 2001. He then signed for Rangers, winning the domestic double of the Premier League and League Cup in his debut season. After a brief return to Real Sociedad, he joined Everton on loan in 2005; he then signed permanently. He moved to Arsenal in 2011, where he won two FA Cups and served as captain from 2014, until his retirement in 2016. Arteta represented Spain through several youth levels, but never played for the senior national team. In 2019, he returned to Arsenal as head coach and won the FA Cup and the Community Shield within his first year. He was appointed as an assistant coach at Manchester City in 2016, but left the club at the end of the season to take up the manager’s job at Arsenal. He has also been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United in the near future. He also played for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Valencia and Atletico Bilbao in a number of different countries. He won the Ballon d’Or in 2007 and 2008. He played for Barcelona at the World Cup in Brazil and the European Champions League in 2008 and 2009. He made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League with PSG in the 2000–01 second group stage.
He scored six goals in the first six games of the 2008–09 season as the club qualified for the Champions League group stages, although they did not qualify from that group and ended the campaign without a trophy. In 2010, he was awarded the Player of the Season Award for the second consecutive year by the Sky Sports viewers of Sky Sports, beating Piano Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2011, he won the PFA Players’ Player of The Year award for his performances for Everton in the 2005–06 season. In 2012, he signed a five-year deal with Manchester City for a fee of £30million. He left Manchester City to join Arsenal in the summer of 2013. He later played in Spain for two seasons before returning to Manchester City. In 2013, he played in a friendly against Real Madrid at the Estadio de La Liga. In 2014, he also played in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. In 2015, he moved to La Liga side Real Madrid in a £5.5million deal. In 2016, he became the first Spanish player to play in every Champions League game. In the summer, he left Real Madrid to join Spanish side Atletico. He spent two seasons in Spain with La Liga club Real Sociesiedad. In 2004, he made a £6million move to Scottish club Rangers in March 2002. He signed for Everton on a permanent deal for £2million in July 2005.