After 10 years waiting for his first senior cap, he now accepts it is not going to happen.
Arteta said: "I've got to be realistic. I'm 31 and, if I've not been called up by now, I can't see it happening.
"Spain have got the best midfield in Europe with players such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and Juan Mata, so I really can't complain if I'm not selected by Vicente Del Bosque.
"The intention and illusion remains to play for my country but the reality is that my chances of joining the national team are very, very low."