|Full Name||Mikel Arteta Amatriain|
|Date of Birth||26 March 1982|
|Position as a Player||Midfielder and Winger|
|Career Goals||74 out of 539 appearances|
|Clubs Managed||2, Mancity and Arsenal|
About Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta, born in San Sabastian city is a professional football manager and a former football. Currently, he is managing his former club Arsenal, a premier league club. Arteta took over the managerial position in 2019 December signing a contract that will see him until 2023.
Before joining the Gunners he was serving as an assistant coach in Manchester City helping Pep Guardiola. The two had met way back when there were still in Barcelona’s Football Academy.
Before his retirement from the pitch, he was considered one of the best midfielders in the premier league. His career way back in the late 1990s at Barcelona’s academy rising in ranks until becoming one of the notable players in the world.
Mikel Arteta Background and Parents
Arteta grew up just like any other kid being raised by his little-known family in San Sebastian. However, while growing up he was suffering from a heart condition where his heart was not receiving clean blood.
In order to solve the problem, he had to undergo a tricky surgery since only a few doctors in Spain had the required skills to carry out the operation. Despite his condition, his passion for football came first as nothing could prevent him from playing.
As time went by he decided to follow his dreams and joined a local youth club in his hometown called Antiguoko.
Mikel Arteta Salary and Net Worth
Arteta is one of the highest-paid football managers in the EPL earning a yearly salary of £5m. His net worth ranges from £15 million and above.
After attending Barcelona’s academy and playing for their youth team at the age of 15. In 1999 he was promoted to the first team but never made his debut and he was sent on loan to Paris Saint-Germain in 2001.
After the end of the season with the Ligue 1 club, the club wanted to keep him as a result of his performances but they didn’t have a buy first option. After his return, he signed with Ragers a Scottish club in 2002 in a transfer fee worth £6.
He played for the Scottish club for only two seasons before moving to Real Sociedad in 2004. With Sociedad, he signed a contract worth €5.2 million but he failed to impress the club coach earning only three league starts.
Rise to Prominence
Move to Everton and Arsenal
His start started to shine in 2005 after he was offered a position in the Premiere club by Everton. He was signed by David Moyes who was Everton’s then manager in the January transfer window.
He was first signed on loan with a permanent sign option, he displayed impressive performance every time he got a playtime. In July 2005 he signed a five-year contract worth £2 million.
Everton was a place he called home for over a half a decade, achieving a lot as a player before departing to the Gunners camp in 2011. Before he left he admitted the spirit in Everton’s dressing room was one of a kind.
On 31st August 2011, he signed a four-year contract worth £10 million, making his debut the following month. He had a majestic start scoring in his first goal on his debut.
In 2014, he was appointed as the new captain of the Gunners, serving in that position until 2016 before hanging the boots.
After his retirement, Arteta joined Manchester City to serve as an assistant coach in July 2016. At the time he was appointed alongside Brian Kidd and Domènec Torrent, the trio served hand in hand with Pep Guardiola.
Following Guardiola’s touchline ban, Arteta took over as manager in a 2–1 Champions League loss to Lyon on September 19, 2018. After the departure of Arsène Wenger, Arteta was strongly linked to the Arsenal manager’s vacancy in 2018. However, the vacant was finally occupied by Unai Emery.
Following Unai Emery’s departure, the former Arsenal midfielder, Mikel Arteta was named as the head coach on December 20, 2019, signing a four-year contract until 2023.
With Arsenal, Arteta won his first match on January 1, 2020, in a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at their home stadium, Emirates. On July 18, 2020, Arsenal thrashed Arteta’s former club Manchester City 2–0 in the FA Cup semi-final.
The win promoted Arsenal to their fourth FA Cup Final in seven years. Arsenal went on to win the final 2–1 over Chelsea for a record 14th victory, making Arteta the first person to win both the FA Cup and the manager’s job at the same time.
In August 2021, Arteta managed to secure his second trophy as Arsenal manager following a 5–4 on penalties against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield.
On 14 March 2021, he went ahead and clinched his first victory in the North London derby in a 2–1 win over Tottenham. Moreover, it was also Arsenal’s first victory over Tottenham since December 2018.
Mikel Arteta Wife and Kids
The veteran manager is married to s Spanish actress, media personality, and model, Lorena Bernal. The two love birds are blessed with three kids, Gabriel, Daniel, and Oliver welcoming their firstborn in 2009.
Mikel Arteta Achievements and Honours
- 2019–20: FA Cup
- 2020:FA Community Shield
- 2001: UEFA Intertoto Cup
- 2002–03: Scottish Premier League
- 2002–03: Scottish League Cup
- 2013–14: FA Cup
- 2014-2015: FA Community Shield
- 1999: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
- 1999: UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup