Never doubted it. I was on here 3 years ago saying that he should have been our midfield signing because he is simply an all-round top quality PL midfielder in an age where there aren't that many left. The guy is as strong as an ox, mature in his breaking of play and reading of the game, great at set plays, has a fierce shot and can create
Some of the criticism on here when he first joined astounded me.
On the few occasions he hasn't been there, then the midfield has been shown up to be what it is - full of sideways passing robots with no ability to link defence with attack. Only since January has Tomas Rosicky stepped up to the mark to help him out
If Van Persie leaves then Arteta should be made captain too