"Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry. That's the beauty of the sport."

It’s not been the best of seasons for our midfield metronome, Mikel Arteta. But it’s not been a bad one by a long stretch. Arteta’s start to the season was brilliant; he had Diaby sitting next to him in a double pivot which, in a nutshell, resulted in both of them sharing the defensive duties. Once Jack Wilshere returned, the spotlight was shone on the Englishman, and rightly so. Wilshere had just returned from injury and was playing like he’d never suffered a 14-month absence from first-team football for the Arsenal. Whilst Wilshere was orchestrating the play in the pivot with Arteta, his lack of defensive nous left Arteta with all the defensive duties. A player with Arteta’s experience, you’d expect to be able to cope with a pile of duties left behind by a youngster, but the defensive-midfield position is one which he has only started playing this season. By having…

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