When he signed for us I was over the moon.
I loved watching him play when he was at Everton, and I love him even more now he wears the shirt of Arsenal.
Yesterday, in my opinion, he ran the midfield better than Paula Radcliffe runs a marathon.
You could have bought two-and-a-half Arteta's for what Manchester City paid for Yaya Toure and the Spaniard had him in his pocket.
Neat and tidy, Mikel gets better with each passing game. And I have to ask, does he ever give the ball away?
Arteta is like Arsenal's clock. He continues to keep us ticking over. He keeps the ball and does the simple things with it.
Players like Arteta are often overlooked in a game because they aren't always spectacular. But you need someone like him in the side because he is a steady influence.
I often wish that we had had him in our ranks in previous years. Him and Cesc would have been deadlier than a Puffer fish together.
A lot of people said that his best years were behind him. Well I happen to think his best years are in front of him and I'm glad that Gooners will get to see it.
For Arteta it's bad luck that he is Spanish. Not that there is anything wrong with being a Spaniard, but because at the moment Spain have the best midfield in the history of football, he can't get in their side.
Had Mikel been born in another era I am sure he would have been a regular for his country. It goes to show though how good Spain are when someone like Arteta doesn't get a look in.
If Arteta continues to play as well as he is maybe that will change as, unlike Samir Nasri, he will still get to show his talents in the Champions League.
So one day, that deserved international call-up, may just happen for him.
As for now, I will continue to squeal with delight when I see Arteta trotting out to the pitch wearing an Arsenal, and carry on sniggering that he was described as a 'panic-buy'.
He's more like a 'super-buy' in my book.
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