Of those 36 games, Mikel Arteta has played 28 of them (I’m excluding eight minutes v Wigan).
In the eight matches that Mikel didn’t/couldn’t play, The Arsenal have:
• Amassed a grand total of three points
• Scored six goals
• Conceded 18 goals
With most of the spotlight being put on Robin van Persie’s performances and his effect on the team (and rightly so), I pull out my flashlight and give you ‘The Importance of Being Arteta’.
As Oscar Wilde once said, ‘I don’t play accurately – any one can play accurately – but I play with wonder...