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Mikel Arteta reacts to Lionel Messi joining PSG

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has had his say on Lionel Messi completing his move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

The sensational Argentine has been at Barcelona all his life. It seemed certain a few weeks ago that he would extend his stay at the Camp Nou, but La Liga salary rules made it impossible for Barca to keep him at the club.

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As a result, Messi was officially released and PSG wasted no time. The French giants quickly initiated contacts, offered him a mammoth salary and wrapped up what is surely the biggest transfer of the summer.

Mikel Arteta reacts to Lionel Messi joining PSG

Arteta, like Messi, is a product of the famous La Masia academy. He went through the same training that the Argentine did and he knows exactly what every Barcelona fan is feeling at the moment – unexplainable sadness.

The Arsenal boss told Sky Sports: “For me, he has been the best ever player on the planet. He was raised in Barcelona in a similar part of where I was.

“To let him go the way it happened, it’s sad. But as well, it tells you that there is no club exempt from this financial crisis. And as sad as it is, they probably had to be in the position to do it, to save the club.”

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Asked what Messi will bring to PSG, Arteta said: “Excitement and attention. Straightaway, you could see yesterday everybody in Paris, how excited they are that he’s going to be there. The team they are building, it’s incredible. So, it will be a joy to watch how they play.”

It really is sad to see Messi leave Barcelona after spending his entire professional career there. However, the way the Catalans have been run over the last few years has been abysmal, and they have nobody else to blame for this but themselves.

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Arteta now has to focus on Arsenal’s Premier League opener on Friday. The game against Brentford will be a tricky one, but if Bukayo Saka starts and brings his inner Lionel Messi out, we should get all three points quite comfortably.

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