Two fantastic club servants have held Arsenal back

Boasting 359 appearances between them and having both worn the captain’s armband for extended periods, there’s no question Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker have been fantastic servants to Arsenal Football Club.
Yet, ever-stuck just outside the Premier League’s ultimate bracket of truly top-end talents in their respective positions, Arteta and Mertesacker’s last-minute arrivals in summer 2011 went on to underpin the malaise that manifested in the Gunners failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Arsene Wenger last season.
Summer 2011 was the most chaotic transfer wind...

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