While the EPL is clearly an English league, the league
is a diverse one with players represented from nations all over the world
and that includes Spain. Spain is one of the nations with numerous
representative in the EPL. Today we take a quick look at a couple of the
Spaniards who have made their mark on the English Premier League.
Mikel Arteta has been in the Premier League since 2005 when he was on loan
from Real Sociedad to Everton. After helping the squad to Champions League
qualifying, he was then signed a five year deal with the squad. From 2005
to 2011, he appeared in 162 matches and scored 27 times. He then made a
move to Arsenal in August 2011, signing a four year deal with the squad.
Starting with the current season, Artela took over as vice-captain upon the
departure of Robin Van Persie. This season Artela has played in 24 EPL
matches, scoring four goals and assisting twice.
José Enrique Sanchez is another Spaniard that has had a lengthy career in
the EPL. He started his EPL with Newcastle United in 2007 and played with
the squad until 2011. During that time, he appeared in 119 matches with
one goal scored for the magpies. In 2011, Liverpool paid a £7m fee for the
left back and he has remained with the team since. This season José
Enrique has appeared in 18 games for Liverpool and has scored twice with 3
David De Gea may have one of the highest profiled positions in the EPL as
goalkeeper for Manchester United. He was signed during the 2011-12 season
for a £17 million transfer fee, a record for goalkeepers. During his
first season in the Premier League, he appeared in 29 matches and managed
102 saves. This season, he has started in 19 games with 70 saves and 6
clean sheets. Manchester United’s investment in the goalkeeper has
produced results as the team just barely missed out on the title last year
and this year the team has a 12 point lead and looks to have the title all
but wrapped up. The team’s success helped them to secure a new EPL
sponsorship deal with online gaming giant Bwin.com. Bwin had formerly been
with perennial football power Real Madrid, but now has a long term deal
with the EPL’s top club.
The above players represent some of the best Spanish players currently
playing in the EPL. Considering that Spain produces some of the best
football talent in the world, it comes as no surprise that EPL squads have
pursued Spanish talent and will continue to do so in the future.