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Mikel Arteta Applauds Rangers Fans as He Retires From Football to Coach at Manchester City

Mikel Arteta Applauds Rangers Fans as He Retires From Football to Coach at Manchester City

Mikel Arteta thanked the Rangers fans for their respect and loyalty this afternoon as the midfielder revealed he is to retire from football.

Arteta signed for Rangers from Barcelona B in 2002 for £6 million and quickly became a fan favourite – especially after scoring during his Old Firm debut.

The Spaniard went on to play for Real Sociedad, Everton and finally Arsenal – where he spent five years and won two FA Cups and a Charity Shield.

However, despite Arteta earning the Arsenal armband in 2013, the 34-year-old has revealed he is hanging up his boots to take on a coaching role at Manchester City, under new manager Pep Guardiola.

And while the prospect of linking up with one of the most successful managers in the world is a hugely exciting one, Arteta made sure to thank the supporters of all his previous clubs.

The San Sebastián-born star spent two years in Glasgow, winning the domestic treble of the league title, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup in 2003 before returning to Spain to play for Real Sociedad in 2004.

And despite the relatively short amount of time he spent in Scotland, Arteta still thanked Rangers and their fans as he announced his retirement in a statement:

 

Arteta always credited Rangers for giving him the platform from which to become a top player.

When speaking to Arsenal’s website in 2012, Arteta said: “Scottish football was tough, really tough. It was really physical, people got at you and I had to improve on that a lot.

“I think I did that to get to the level that the Premier League required of me.”

A future Rangers manager in the making, perhaps?

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