Wenger jokes Arteta 'looks better now' after Arsenal star loses tooth

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Mikel Arteta lost his tooth against Hull City last weekend - but Arsene Wenger believes it has improved his look.

Arsenal had something of an easy run-in last weekend - as they trounced their FA Cup final opponents Hull City 3-0 at The Emirates to keep themselves ahead of Everton in the race for the final Champions League spot.

But while most players enjoyed an easy ride - it was a rather painful one for Mikel Arteta.

He managed to get into a massive collision with Hull striker Shane Long - the force of which was such that one of his front teeth was dislodged from his mouth and hurled into the air.

It was caught on camera - and his team-mates were predictably unforgiving - with Lukas Podolski taking to Instagram:

A real man fights for every tooth;)#tough #afc #dentist#instafun #poldi #aha

But Arsene Wenger thinks he looks a lot better now.

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“He got it back, in fact he looks better now! I like Mikel Arteta because of his quality, his focus, his commitment and his winner's attitude. I have big respect for what he has achieved this season. He is very conscientious, very professional and he has a couple of years left [at the top].”

The Spaniard has come into criticism in recent weeks for his lacklustre displays but he certainly put his body on the line against Hull - and Wenger will continue to utilise the former Everton midfielder for the foreseeable future.

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