Arteta delighted to captain Arsenal in Leeds win

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has spoken of his delight about captaining the Gunners to a 1-0 win over Championship side Leeds United in the FA Cup, reports.

Arteta wore the armband on Monday night in the absence of club captain Robin Van Persie and vice-captain Thomas Vermaelen. A 1-0 win was enough for Arsenal and they have set themselves up with a home clash against Aston Villa in the fourth round. The Spaniard signed for the Gunners in the summer and has made an immediate impact on the club in midfield. Arteta’s experience is helping in midfield and the Spaniard is happy that he has the support of his teammates and manager.

‘It was really pleasing for me to be captain for a club like Arsenal, it’s unbelievable. I just want to thank my team-mates for the effort, my manager for the support and hopefully we can build on this and win against Swansea. We had many chances to finish it off much earlier, but it seems to be like it a lot this year at the Emirates. At least we won, we are through and it was a good result after the disappointment of the Fulham game’, Arteta said.

The Spaniard will be in the starting lineup against the South Wales side this weekend and Arsenal are looking to improve on fifth position. Arteta moved from Everton to Arsenal in search of Champions League football and believes his side have the capabilities to secure their top four status.

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