In what was an incredible last day of the Premier League season, Arsenal jumped ahead of Tottenham Hotspur to finish second. In addition to Arsenal’s superb win, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky all hung up their boots for the club.
Although, all three will be leaving the club, Arteta got the most attention on the day, as he not only managed to feature in the game, but as he has now confirmed, retire from football.
After an injury-ravaged season, Arsenal’s club captain has come to the realization that it is time for him end his playing career.
It is very hard to stop but I wanted to leave it, I wanted to decide and I thought for the last few months I wasn’t good enough to represent this club on the pitch. You have to accept it. It has been a long time for me to be playing football and I didn’t want to cheat them or anyone.
You have to be honest with yourself. That’s why I haven’t been upset with the manager, I have been upset with myself. For me to play at this club you have to be the best in your position. When you lose that, I think you should be away from this place.
Although Arteta has now retired, he still has the opportunity to return to football as a coach. In recent weeks much has been reported about Arteta joining Guardiola at Manchester City, while also having the chance to coach at Arsenal.
It is very unusual to have opportunities at this level. That has made me think it was probably time [to retire] and the way I have been watching football in the last few months — or, probably, over a year — it was not as a player, it was more as a coach. Then, you have to think about it.
I don’t want to [name] clubs but I have three very different options and I am very proud, because it is not common. I have been left the door very open [at Arsenal] and I may have to make a decision.
Let’s hope he can return as a coach for the club.