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Arsenal squad has perfect blend – Arteta

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes the exemplary attitude and his side’s “perfect blend” can propel the North London side to success in the future.

The Gunners’ club captain is one of the most senior players in Arsene Wenger’s team, recently lifting a second sucessive English FA Cup after a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Final last month.

Defender Hector Bellerin and midfielder Francis Coquelin established themselves as first-team regulars last season as the Emirates Stadium outfit clinched automatic qualification to the group stages of next campaign’s UEFA Champions League.

And 33-year-old Arteta is confident the spirit around the club will them achieve even more in the future.

“The development of this group in the last three or four years has been magnificent,” the Spaniard told Arsenal Player.

“To get to a stage where we are now, the people we have in the dressing room, the way we behave, the way we believe, the way we play for each other and look after each other is phenomenal.

“That’s not up to me, it’s up to all the players and all the effort from the staff and everyone involved at the club. So I’m very pleased with what we’ve got.

“I’m not a captain that likes to do everything by himself. We’ve got players and characters here that are very good for the group and I keep them involved all the time. It’s not about my ideas or my beliefs, it’s about getting a taste of what players need.

“They are different ages and different cultures and they come in at different times as well. [With] processes that we go through during the season, I get a lot of help from the lads.”

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