By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger has sung the praises of Mikel Arteta after his bright start to life in an Arsenal shirt.

Arteta, a deadline-day signing from Everton, is set to face his former club when David Moyes’ side travel to Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Spaniard scored his third goal for his new team as Arsenal outclassed Wigan at the DW Stadium last weekend, and Wenger is a big fan.

“Mikel has taken a big importance in our team very quickly,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“Of course I knew about his talent, but he is a winner. He wants to win. He is a perfectionist guy who wants to give his heart to the team to win football games.

“He is absolutely fantastic. He's a guy who can bring the extra technical ability and works hard for the team as well - offensively and defensively.

“We are in a job of action, not of talking,” he added. “Sometimes we forget that a little bit, that 99 per cent of our job is to act, and one per cent to talk.

“He is in the right process there - he acts, he does. Every day I always feel that top-level people act in a consistent way, and consistency in quantity is how you can define Mikel Arteta.”

Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player.

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9 Dec 2011