Mikel Arteta: Arsenal squad has perfect blend

Mikel Arteta believes the attitude in the Arsenal squad can propel the club to more success in the future after winning consecutive FA Cups.

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is among the more senior players in Arsene Wenger's current squad.

After lifting the FA Cup for the second successive season in 2014/15, the 33-year-old believes the club is forming the right attitude in order to move forward and bring the fans more silverware.

Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin established themselves as first-team regulars in the season just gone and Arsenal also secured Champions League qualification, therefore, Arteta is confident that the spirit around the club will aid the pursuit of success in the future.

“The development of this group in the last three or four years has been magnificent,” Arteta told the official Arsenal website.

"To get to a stage where we are now, the people we have in the dressing room, the way we behave, the way we believe, the way we play for each other and look after each other is phenomenal.

“That’s not up to me, it’s up to all the players and all the effort from the staff and everyone involved at the club. So I’m very pleased with what we’ve got.

“I’m not a captain that likes to do everything by himself. We’ve got players and characters here that are very good for the group and I keep them involved all the time. It’s not about my ideas or my beliefs, it’s about getting a taste of what players need.

“They are different ages and different cultures and they come in at different times as well. [With] processes that we go through during the season, I get a lot of help from the lads.”

Arteta is coming into his eleventh year in English football after joining Everton from Real Sociedad in 2005. The Spanish midfielder then spent six years at Goodison Park before joining up with Wenger at the Emirates and adding experience to the Gunners ranks.

In regards to success, Arteta will hope he can win more honours before retirement comes around. The FA Cup is about all he can brag about from his time in England, so a Premier League triumph is surely the next objective.

The only league title Arteta won came in 2003 when he won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers, along with the Scottish League Cup in the same season.

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