By Joe Brewin

Mikel Arteta has described his “unbelievable” night after taking the captain’s armband for the FA Cup win over Leeds.

The Spanish midfielder deputised as skipper in the absence of Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen, guiding Arsenal to victory for the very first time at Emirates Stadium on Monday.

Arteta was full of praise for his team-mates after seeing them progress to the Fourth Round, but called for a more incisive approach in future home fixtures.

“It was really pleasing for me to be captain for a club like Arsenal, it's unbelievable,” Arteta told Arsenal Player. “I just want to thank my team-mates for the effort, my manager for the support and hopefully we can build on this and win against Swansea.

“We had many chances to finish it off much earlier but it seems to be like it a lot this year at the Emirates. At least we won, we are through and it was a good result after the disappointment of the Fulham game. 

“It is [frustrating] because if you score two goals in the first half it makes it much easier. It becomes harder to control a game [when it remains 0-0], everybody is getting a bit anxious to score and it makes it harder.

“But we were really patient and in the end made the right decision to win the game.”

Watch the full interview with Mikel on Arsenal Player now. 

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10 Jan 2012