June 19 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Mikel Arteta has responded to the controversy surrounding Chelsea pair John Terry and Ashley Cole by saying it’s important for footballers to act responsibly both on and off the pitch.
At 30, the Gunners’ vice-captain is one of the most experienced players in Arsene Wenger’s side.
He says it’s essential that he sets a good example to Arsenal’s young stars and come across as a figure they can look up to.
“On the pitch and away from it I have been trying to behave the way I think we should, because I think we have a big responsibility [as footballers],” Arteta told Arsenal’s official website.
“Not only for ourselves but for what we represent to other people.
“We are in a very lucky position and we have to take advantage of that and use it in the right way. Sometimes we make too many mistakes!
“I am still 30, and I’m used to playing with guys who are 34, 35 and 36, but at Arsenal when you get to that age you are one of the oldest, if not the oldest!
“It’s a bit funny, but you know inside yourself that you have that responsibility and there are kids who are 17 and 18 and they are looking to you.”