Wenger praises 'influential' Arteta


Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is set to face his former club this weekend, as Everton arrive at the Emirates Stadium for Saturday's Barclays Premier League encounter.

After a deadline-day move which saw the Spaniard swap Goodison Park for north London, the 29-year-old has made a bright start to his Gunners career, earning praise from his manager Arsene Wenger.

"Mikel has taken a big importance in our team very quickly," the Frenchman told Arsenal Player. "Of course I knew about his talent, but he is a winner.

"He wants to win. He is a perfectionist guy who wants to give his heart to the team to win football games.

"He is absolutely fantastic. He's a guy who can bring the extra technical ability and works hard for the team as well - offensively and defensively."

Arteta scored his third Arsenal goal in last weekend's 4-0 victory over Wigan at the DW Stadium, and Wenger has praised the all-round impact he has made for the team.

"We are in a job of action, not of talking," he added. "Sometimes we forget that a little bit, that 99 per cent of our job is to act, and one per cent to talk.

"He is in the right process there - he acts, he does. Every day I always feel that top-level people act in a consistent way, and consistency in quantity is how you can define Mikel Arteta."

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