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Saturday 10 December 2016

Arteta sad at Arsenal exit

Mikel Arteta has ended his playing career at Arsenal Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Mikel Arteta has ended his playing career at Arsenal Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Mikel Arteta brought the curtain down on his Arsenal playing career after admitting he felt he was no longer good enough to represent the Gunners.

The 34-year-old moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2011 but is now '99 per cent' retired from the game - with a coaching role likely to be his next step.

Arteta burst into tears when the full-time whistle was blown before explaining why. "It was unbelievable because the last few months have been really difficult and I have been through a difficult position as well with my role in the team," the Spaniard said.

"To have the opportunity to say goodbye and 99 per cent to say goodbye to the sport that I love is very hard, but my taste of it can't get better than today."

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