Mikel Arteta is a Spanish retired football coach and former player. Mikel Arteta currently stands as the head coach of Premier League side Arsenal. Besides, he represented Spain’s national team through several youth levels but never played for the senior national team.
Table of Biography
The Gunners head coach ‘Mikel Arteta’ recovers from Covid-19!
Mikel was diagnosed with the disease earlier this month but feels he is in good shape after a period in isolation. Arteta states he has “completely recovered” from coronavirus as he detailed the effect the disease had on him. Mikel was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 on March 13 and the squad was subsequently sent into isolation amid the pandemic. And he has shared what his experience with the coronavirus was like and says he was worried about his family.
“I am feeling completely recovered [now],” he told the club’s website. “It’s true I started having some symptoms when we got the phone call from the club to let us know that we might be exposed to the virus because of the owner of Olympiacos and in that moment…I don’t know, I felt something within me, that I had it.”
“We cannot just in two or three months’ time – if we are able to get over this quickly – forget about this because it’s so important.” Arsenal players were expected to report for training earlier this week after completing a two-week isolation period, but their return has been postponed.
Arteta told his main concern was his three children after his wife and their nanny contracted the virus. He self-isolated in a room and a bathroom for two or three days but his wife fell ill shortly afterward. “I am a very positive person and I try to take the moment to say OK, what can we take from this?” he said.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to wake up with my kids and dedicate my time and listen to them. We are in the household together and we are really enjoying those moments as well.”
Early Life and Childhood
Mikel Arteta was born Mikel Arteta Amatriain on March 26, 1982, in San Sebastián, Spain. He is Spanish by nationality and belongs to Hispanic ethnicity. Similarly, his age is 38 years old and his birth sign is Aries. There are is no information related to his family and educational background.
Mikel Arteta began his football career at Antiguoko and befriended midfielder Xabi Alonso as they played together every weekend. The two often played along the beaches and gutters of San Sebastian and dreamed of playing together at Real Sociedad.
Arteta joined Real Sociedad for €5.2 million in 2004 with the idea of he and Xabi Alonso playing together. However, he left for Liverpool and he failed to establish himself in the team. He signed for Scottish club Rangers in March 2002 in a £6 million transfer deal. Arteta enjoyed a successful first season in Glasgow and quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
Mikel suffered a stomach injury in the second half of the season, and shortly before the final game of the campaign, he underwent surgery to rectify the problem. He made his return from the injury in January 2010 as a substitute in an FA Cup.
Despite this, he made 29 appearances all season, scoring 6 times, and was voted by the fans as the fifth most important player of the 2011-12 campaign in Arsenal’s Player of the Season poll. Following the departure of captain Robin van Persie, he was made Arsenal’s vice-captain for the 2012-13 season. Mikel was also voted for the fourth-best player of the 2012-13 campaign in Arsenal’s Player of the Season poll.
More about his career
Mikel became Arsenal’s new club captain ahead of the 2014-15 season. He gained his first trophy as full-time captain, playing the full 90 minutes as Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-0 in the 2014 FA Community Shield. Despite his new appointment, he only made 11 appearances for the whole season, scoring once.
Arteta signed a one-year extension with Arsenal for the 2015-16 season and came on as a substitute as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-10 to win the 2015, FA Community Shield. His last game for Arsenal came on the last day of the season. On July 3, 2016, he was appointed an assistant coach at Manchester City, alongside Brian Kidd and Domenec Torrent, who operated as deputies to Pep Guardiola.
Furthermore, in 2018, Mikel became strongly linked with the Arsenal manager’s vacancy. He walked out of the dugout for the first time as an Arsenal manager on December 26, 2019, for their Premier League match against A.F.C. Bournemouth which ended in a 1-1 draw. On January 2, 2020, he won his first match as an Arsenal manager after a 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Emirates.
After retiring from his professional football career, Mikel joined under the wings of Man City boss Pep Guardiola as assistant manager. Arteta loved to work with tactical Genius Pep Guardiola and learned many things from him. Later in 2019, Mikel was assigned as the Mager for his former team Arsenal. In his first season as manager, Mikel managed to win the FA cup. Moreover, Mikel’s Arsenal is the only team to win the FA Cup in the last four years besides Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta is a married man. He tied the knot with an Argentine-Spanish actress, television host, and model, Lorena Bernal. Arteta met Bernal back in 2002. Bernal has crowned Miss Spain in 1999. Further, she went on to finish in the top 10 of the Miss World pageant. They started dating in 2006 and have been together to date.
The couple married in 2010, in an intimate wedding ceremony. In 2009, the couple welcomed their first child, Gabriel while their other two children: Daniel and Oliver was born in 2012 and 2015 respectively. There are no rumors about their extra affairs or other issues at the moment. They are having quality time and living a lavish lifestyle.
Mikel stands the height of 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 69 Kgs. He has an athletic body with hazel eyes and black hair. He has an amazing personality. Moreover, there are no further details regarding his body measurements.
Social media and Net Worth
Coming towards his social media presence, he is active in some social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. He has earned over 673K followers on ‘@mikelarteta’ Instagram account. Similarly, he has gained more than 1.44 million followers under the username ‘@m8arteta’.
As of 2020, Mikel Arteta has an estimated net worth of $13.8 million, mostly earned through his football career. He signed with Arsenal as their head coach in 2020 where he earns £5 million as his annual salary- similar to the salary of former Arsenal coach Unai Emery. Reportedly, he had an annual salary of $3.64 million in 2012 while playing for the Arsenal.