(PRWEB UK) 10 November 2012
Digital Sports Group today announced that The PFA Facebook fan page of Mikel Arteta has a weekly reach increase of 20%, making it the fastest growing Mikel Arteta page on Facebook. The Facebook page has become a thriving hub for the Arsenal midfielder since it's launch and now boasts a vibrant and rapidly growing community of fans. The Facebook page along with Mikel Arteta player profile on football.co.uk provide the only online location of the official PFA biography, lifetime stats, news and high resolution gallery.
Mikel Arteta began his footballing career in England with Everton. David Moyes signed Arteta in the 2005 January transfer window on loan with a view to a permanent transfer. Seen as a replacement for Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen, Arteta played a vital part in helping Everton achieve UEFA Champions League qualification possibility, however they were knocked out in the last qualifying round
Arteta signed with Arsenal on 31 August 2011 on a four-year deal for a reported fee of £10 million.
Arteta was given the number 8 jersey, which was last worn by Samir Nasri, who had just left for Manchester City just over a week earlier. He made his debut on 10 September in a 1–0 home win against Swansea City.
Arteta scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in a 4–3 loss against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. He scored his second goal for the club in a 3–0 home win against West Bromwich Albion as he began to comfortably settle into his playmaking role at Arsenal.
On 17 August, Arteta was announced as the new vice captain of the club after the departure of former captain Robin van Persie. Following the departure of Alex Song, Arteta had moved onto a deeper role and has adapted well to it. On 27 October 2012, he scored his first goal of the season with a close range tap in against Queens Park Rangers.
Although a clearly talented midfiedler – Arteta struggled to flourish on the international stage. With caps for Spain up to U21 level, Arteta is yet to earn a cap for the Spanish National side. At the age of 30 it is not clear yet whether Arteta will represent Spain, however Arteta has definitly had a career to look back upon in England.
Head of Operations at DSG, Matthew Tait had this to say “Mikel Arteta really has no shortage of fans after his performances for Arsenal and Everton and we can see that by the success of his PFA Facebook page.”
“All of us here at Digital Sports Group are proud we've had the opportunity to work with The PFA to give the fans a fantastic and unique fan resource for Mikel Arteta.”
DSG became the official digital partner of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) earlier this year and have since launched a number of Player Profile fan pages on social media site Facebook as well as providing official player pages on their football news site football.co.uk.