Wednesday 16 November 2011
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes it would be wrong for him to try and emulate the achievements of former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas blossomed into one of the Barclays Premier League's brightest stars during his time with the Gunners before sealing a dream return to boyhood club Barcelona over the summer.
Having also lost Samir Nasri to Manchester City, Arsene Wenger was in need of creative reinforcements as the transfer window drew to a close and swooped for Everton's Arteta just before the deadline.
The 29-year-old Spaniard has made a promising start to his career at the Emirates Stadium, but admits he will not be able to reach the same level as Fabregas.
"I am not here to replace Cesc and I would be wrong to try that," said Arteta. "Cesc was the best player at Arsenal and one of the top three in the entire Premier League.
"I have no aim to become that. My target is simply to try to reach my highest level as a player and to help the team. Cesc was at Arsenal for seven years, I've have been here for only a few weeks.
"If I try to be equal to or better than Cesc, I would only be confusing myself. We're different personalities with a different style. I must find my own way to do well for Arsenal."