Mikel Arteta has brought experience and intelligence to the Arsenal midfield, according to Robin van Persie.

The captain's prolific scoring has earned him plenty of plaudits this season but Van Persie is the first to admit that Arsenal's recent resurgence has been a collective effort.

Arteta was a deadline-day signing from Everton in August and he has impressed the Dutch striker.

"What I really like at the moment is that you can see people stepping up a level and growing in confidence," Van Persie told the Official Matchday Programme. "I can really notice that around the team.

"For example, Mikel Arteta is playing really well. He’s so intelligent. He knows when to go forward, he knows when to sit back. Sometimes Alex Song makes a run forward, and because of his experience, Mikel can read the game perfectly, knows when to go forward, when to help his team out, or when to play for others.

"Everyone can see he has grown into his role, and you can tell he has played many games in the Premier League."

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28 Nov 2011