Arsenal have signed Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta for a fee thought to be in the region of £10 million.
The 29-year-old is understood to have pushed through the move on deadline day after informing David Moyes of his desire to play for the Gunners.
A statement on the Arsenal website confirms the move:
“Arsenal has confirmed that they have agreed to sign Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta from Everton for an undisclosed fee.
“The 29-year-old arrives at Emirates Stadium on a four-year deal with a wealth of Barclays Premier League experience, having been with the Merseyside outfit since 2005. After starting his career as a trainee with FC Barcelona, Arteta was loaned to Paris Saint-Germain before making his name in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers, where he was a member of the domestic treble winning side of 2002-3.
“A year long spell in Spain with Real Sociedad followed before he teamed up with David Moyes’ side, initially on loan, in 2004-5. The Spaniard went on to score 28 goals in 174 Premier League appearances for the Toffees.
“Arteta has represented Spain at Under-21 level, but has not played for the senior national team.
“The deal is subject to the completion of formal registration processes.
“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Mikel every success at the Club.”