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Arsenal boss Wenger: I have been following Arteta since PSG days

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been aware of new signing Mikel Arteta since his days with PSG.

He revealed on Friday that the 29-year-old has been on his radar for a while.

"Yes, for a long time," he said. "I've known him since he played for Paris Saint-Germain.

"He is one of these players who never had the luck in his career to be completely playing in a consistent way in the Champions League. You feel, if he has that opportunity, he can show how good a player he is.

"I think he had the Spanish qualities but because he has played for a long time in England I'm quite amazed how strong he is in the challenge as well.

"He had a good education in Scotland so he is strong in the challenges."

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