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Ronaldinho the best I've played with - Arteta

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Arteta is a fan of Ronaldinho. (©GettyImages)
Arteta is a fan of Ronaldinho. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has hailed Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho as the greatest player he has ever had the privilege of playing alongside.

Arteta and Ronaldinho were teammates during their time together at Paris Saint-Germain, with the Spaniard spending a season on loan at the Parc des Princes while he was still on the books of Barcelona.

The Arsenal vice-captain, though, saw enough during his solitary campaign in Paris to rank Ronaldinho more highly than any other player he has shared a dressing room with over the course of his career.

"Ronaldinho when I was at Paris Saint-Germain was the most naturally gifted. When I played with him, he was unbelievable," Arteta said in an interview with Puma.

"His techniques, his natural ability to dominate the ball and the tricks he did was impossible.

"We tried for hours to do what he but couldn't do it."

Arteta, meanwhile, could make his first start at the Emirates Stadium this season when Arsenal entertain Napoli in their Champions League group clash on Tuesday evening.

The 31-year-old sustained a torn quadricep during pre-season and returned to action in the defeat of Stoke eight days ago, but has started only the Capital One Cup encounter at West Brom - which Arsenal won on penalties.

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