Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is ‘the father to everyone’

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals how captain Mikel Arteta takes care of everyone in the team.

Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has described his teammate Mikel Arteta as a father-figure.

The England international, who can play as a central midfielder and as a winger, has revealed how the Spaniard looks after his teammates.

'With Alexis and David Ospina, the Spanish boys have helped them out a lot', he told Arsenal's official website. 'Mikel is always the father to everyone in the team - the English boys as well.

'He’s always the go-to guy for the new Spanish players because he’s been around the squad and he’s the captain now so he knows a lot of what’s going on. He’s helped all the Spanish boys out'.

Arteta’s future at Arsenal was cast into doubt in the summer transfer window, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed all suggestions of a departure by making him his captain.

Although the 32-year-old has not exactly been in great form so far this season and has often struggled in the defensive midfield role, he has shown his ability to lead and play a captain's role.

And, judging by Oxlade-Chamberlain’s comments, it appears that Arteta, a former Rangers and Everton player, is doing his bit to help the new signings settle in at Arsenal.

Arteta is out of contract at Arsenal next summer, but it is very likely that he will be given a new deal.

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