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While initially thought of as a “pivot” or defensive midfielder in the mould of his hero Pep Guardiola, it is only since being moved to a more attacking role by David Moyes that Arteta’s career has truly begun to flourish. Although he achieved moderate success from central midfield with PSG and Rangers, his move to a more attacking role saw him rated as the sixth most effective player in the Premier League in 2006–07 by the official player ratings system the Actim Index.
With 100 fouls committed against him in the 2006–07 season he was the most fouled player in the Premier League.
Additionally, he has proved an extremely potent creative force thanks mainly to his pinpoint crossing ability and propensity for the killer pass, with his total of 12 league assists in the 2006–07 season being third to Cesc Fàbregas and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since his move to Arsenal, Arteta, has taken a step back into his childhood position of “pivot” which was alongside Alex Song, before his move to Barcelona, and now Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and occasionally Abou Diaby, allowing for the liberation of the other Arsenal midfield players by covering the gaps that appear with intelligent movement and passing.