By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Wenger's refusal to buy a replacement during the summer following the sale of former anchor-man Alexandre Song to Barcelona dismayed many Arsenal fans, who believed that the absence of a defensive minded midfielder within their ranks would leave a gaping hole in the Gunners' midfield.
However, Arteta has since proved Wenger right, with the usually attacking minded Spaniard comfortably adapting his game to that of a deep-lying midfielder to protect the Gunners backline; Arteta's change of role in the team has benefitted both the team, and the 30-year-old has arguably been one of the best players in the Premier League so far this season.
Speaking to the Official Arsenal Magazine, Arteta revealed he was aware of the importance of his role in the team and claimed he was pleased to sacrifice his attacking instincts as long as the team won their games.
"It's a very important job, balancing the team between attack and defence, and that's what I've been attempting to do," Arteta said.
"I've had to change my mentality a little bit - I know that I can't go forward as much as I used to, and I need to sacrifice more in attack - but if it's beneficial for the team I'm more than happy to do it.
"If you want to play at a top-level club like Arsenal you have to adapt to different roles and situations.
"We've got so many attacking players now, with a lot of quality going forward, and I know I now have more defensive responsibility.
"I need to assume that responsibility to help my team-mates and I'm very pleased to do it if we get the right results."
Arteta also discussed the evolution of the defensive midfielder role from that of one who mainly uses their physical attributes to that of one who is more technically and tactically aware.
"There are many different aspects to it," Arteta added.
"For me it's not only about how strong physically you are, or how demanding the position is physically - it's about being aware, anticipating, being able to read the game and assess what's happening.
"Sometimes you don't need to make unbelievable tackles to win the ball back - not if you're in the right position.
"But it's a demanding position for me mentally, because we have a lot of defensive responsibility and if you don't do it correctly then you can get caught by a run, or something like that, and it's a goal. That's the biggest thing to be mindful of."
Arteta will undoubtedly be one of the players to line up at Carrow Road when Arsenal take on Norwich in their next Premier League fixture.