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Arsenal Captain Mikel Arteta Admits Frustration At Injury Absence

Reports are out claiming that Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta has admitted that he was left frustrated because of his lengthy injury absence last season.

Mikel Arteta

The 33-year-old Spanish midfielder could only manage 12 appearances for the Gunners last term but is now relieved he can take the pitch again after a disheartening period on the sidelines.

Arteta, who has now recovered from his injury problems, said: “I really missed it [when I was out].

“I had a really tough period last year after my last game in November and I went through some really difficult moments with my surgery.

“For me it is the frustration [that is the hardest thing] because there is always pain and you are trying to get back everyday and you spend a lot of time doing rehabilitation.

“When the players go outside for a training session, you feel wasted. They come back, they travel and they have different times to you. Personally I don’t feel productive.

“I’m here because I want to play games, make this team more successful and be a part of it.

“When I’m not able to do that I still have to contribute, be positive, be good around the other players, give advice and try to help my team-mates. But it is not the same.

“But I worked really hard and tried to stay positive, do my best and here I am again now, earning my place in the squad and ready to help the team.”

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