Ex-Rangers star Mikel Arteta responds when asked if he'd complete Ibrox return

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Arsenal's Mikel Arteta admits he still loves Rangers.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has told The Scottish Sun that he still checks for Rangers' results, and didn't totally rule out a return to Ibrox.

Arteta, 33, is one of the most experienced players in the Arsenal ranks, and he has made almost 150 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Everton back in 2011.

The Spanish midfielder, who came up through the ranks at Barcelona, has been a Premier League star ever since signing for Everton in 2005, and can count himself very unlucky to have never earned a call-up to the Spanish national team.

Due to his success in England, it's somewhat easy to forget that Arteta also had a productive spell in Scotland with Rangers.

Arteta signed for Rangers in 2002, and having racked up 68 appearances - scoring 14 goals in the process - the Spaniard became a key figure at Ibrox, before moving back to Spain with Real Sociedad.

Now, with Rangers pushing to win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership this season, Arteta has been asked by The Scottish Sun whether he would be interested in a return to Rangers one day - and having admitted his love for the club, Arteta didn't exactly rule out a future move back to Ibrox.

"I always look out for Rangers’ scores," said Arteta. "They gave me the chance to play in the UK. I had a great time there. We won the Treble in my first year and the way the club, players, staff and supporters looked after me was top drawer. I moved my family there and we still talk about those days because they were very passionate, nice people.

"We have great memories and for me it was the perfect step before joining the Premier League. It was hard to play there. I think I adapted really quickly but it was hard because the game was completely different to Spain or France. You had to win every game and the pressure was on all the time. But it was a joy to play at Ibrox."

"I always say it’s one of the best stadiums with one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever played in. Even now. I’ve been back once or twice. The people remember me and are very kind. I would like to go again sometime. I went once because we were up playing Newcastle and from there I went to watch a Rangers game. Would I go back in some capacity one day? It’s such a special club but right now I’m really happy at Arsenal," he added.

Arteta's comments may give hope to Rangers fans that he can make a return to the club before his retirement, but he is still playing at the top of the Premier League - and at 33, there may not be much more time for him to make a return to Rangers.

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