We’ve all heard Mikel Arteta shouting instructions in multiple languages so as to confuse the opposition, but how many does the Spaniard actually speak fluently?
So that I don’t say anything that upsets anyone, I’m going to skip right past Unai Emery, whose ability to grasp English was probably as good as mine would be to trying to learn Spanish.
Learning languages when you’re older is much harder. I get that. It’s why I don’t try.
So, kudos to Emery for that, but let’s move on.
Before him, Arsene Wenger was in charge and the great man could speak seven languages.
How does Mikel Arteta compare to Arsene Wenger?
Well, he’s Spanish so that’s one.
He also speaks Catalan so that’s two and Basque taking him to three.
We also know he can speak English fluently because he’s been talking to us in that language for years. That makes four, not that I’m assuming you don’t know four comes after three.
Beyond that, he speaks ‘some’ French, Italian, and Portuguese, but not enough that you could call him fluent.