Arteta eyes Arsenal impact

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Mikel Arteta is champing at the bit to make his Arsenal debut, but has calmed suggestions that he has been brought to the Emirates Stadium to replace Cesc Fabregas.

The former Gunners captain left north London last month to return to his native Barcelona, while he was quickly followed out the exit by Manchester City-bound Samir Nasri.

But Arteta does not look at himself as a replacement for either of Fabregas or Nasri, but is instead intent on making an impact of his own at Arsenal.

"I don't want to use the word replacement," said the former Everton midfielder.

"They were two top players for the Club, they did really, really well in the last few years and now we have some new players coming in to try and make the same impact."


"I am sure we will. I don't want the fans to be expecting the same as them because every player is different.

"We need some time to adapt as well, but I am sure that we will give everything we can to make this team better."

The new signings Arteta mentions include Park Chu-Young and Yossi Benayoun; both of whom will further reinforce Arsene Wenger's forward options with the Arsenal boss now bereft of his two most creative players.

And Arteta knows that, without Fabregas and Nasri, providing goals for Robin Van Persie will be one his top priorities - and the Spaniard believes he is up to the task.

"I hope to bring creativity, 100 per cent commitment, work and help the team to do better," he told

Arteta added: "There are no nerves, just excitement. For me it is a great opportunity, a big challenge and I want to take it and enjoy every minute. That is what I am going to try and do."

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