While the Spanish national team may not have rewarded Mikel Arteta with international recognition, he certainly earned the admiration of his team-mate.
The Citizens are reportedly set to go on a big money push for three stars, including Arsenal's 21-year-old.
The Spaniard left Arsenal for a Premier League rival this summer.
The Arsenal fans aren't happy with their former captain.
Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta played alongside each other at Everton.
Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers have congratulated Mikel Arteta on such a fantastic career.
The midfielder has officially retired to join Manchester City as a coach.
The Spanish midfielder announced his retirement on Sunday and clearly still holds dear his time wearing royal blue.
The Gunners are set to lose several experienced players this summer, but they should do their very best to keep the former Everton favourite at the Emirates.
The Spaniard reportedly turned down Tottenham Hotspur and his former club over offers regarding a coaching role.