Mikel Arteta talks for first time about Lionel Messi

Mikel Arteta’s pre-match press conference for the Community Shield vs Liverpool.

What have you made of the Lionel Messi stories?

Mikel Arteta: “He has been linked everywhere, you know? He has more clubs than any other player in history after him.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan since I was young and it’s always sad to see, who in my opinion has been the best player in football history, leave that football club. Let’s see what happens, if he comes to England we’re all going to enjoy it.”

Even against Arsenal?

Mikel Arteta: “It doesn’t matter. It’s good for football. We’ll have to find a way, if it’s not here we might find him in the Champions League, you never know. You want the best players in your league and for me that’s the best thing, to have the most competitive league in the world.

The Premier League has always had that. The times with Ronaldo, I played against him and it was great because it raises the level of every individual and every team as well.”