Arteta's shocking confession: When I was 2 years old, my heart was opened, my parents were told that I could not... - Just Football
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Arteta’s shocking confession: When I was 2 years old, my heart was opened, my parents were told that I could not…

Footage from the trailer for Amazon Prime’s new Arsenal documentary shows manager Mikel Arteta speaking openly to his players about an operation he had since he was two years old to avoid the worst.

“I was born with a big heart problem that the doctors couldn’t solve until I was two years old, because I was very young,” explained Arteta.

“They had to open my heart. It was one of the first surgeries done that way in Spain, so we didn’t know how it would end. I was a really lively, energetic child, but the doctor told my parents that I wouldn’t be able to do much physical exercise with that problem.”

SUperSport writes that Arteta made this pre-squad talk after Arsenal had lost their first three Premier League games of last season (a run that included a 5-0 loss to Manchester City).

Arteta did not give up on his big dream, football, thanks to the medical staff who performed his operation 38 years ago.

“Everything developed in a normal way and I managed to fulfill my dream of being a professional footballer. When I was younger, I was told you can’t do this, you can’t expose yourself so much, we can’t push you to the limit of your heart’s capacity. I’ve always pushed myself to the limit.”

A former Arsenal captain, Arteta played 150 games for the Gunners between 2011 and 2016 after spending six years at Everton.

Earlier in his playing career, he played for Scottish Premiership side Rangers for two years before joining Real Sociedad in 2004.

Footage from the trailer for Amazon Prime’s new Arsenal documentary shows manager Mikel Arteta speaking openly to his players about an operation he had since he was two years old to avoid the worst.

“I was born with a big heart problem that the doctors couldn’t solve until I was two years old, because I was very young,” explained Arteta./Just Football/

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