Arsenal maestro no Fabregas replacement

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Midfielder Mikel Arteta isn't trying to be the new Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal and instead wants to leave his own legacy at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spanish midfielder's process style of passing had led to comparisons with Fabregas, who left for Barcelona during the summer transfer window, with Arteta joining on transfer deadline day from Everton.

But the 29-year-old is insistent that he make his own mark at with the Gunners.

"Cesc was the best player at Arsenal and one of the top three in the entire Premier League," he said.


"I have no aim to become that. My target is simply to try to reach my highest level as a player and to help the team.

"Cesc was at Arsenal for seven years. I have been here for a few weeks. If I try to be equal to or better than him, I would be confusing myself.

"We're different personalities with a different style. I must find my own way to do well for Arsenal."

Arteta was a pivotal member of David Moyes' squad at Goodison Park, the former former Toffee reveals that once a bid was received by everyone, the playmaker knew where his lay.

"David Moyes understood my situation with Everton," he added. "When we got the offer from Arsenal on August 31, he looked into my eyes and said, 'You want to go, don't you?'

"I told him this was my big chance and that the club would be getting a big cash injection by selling me, so it was best for both parties."

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