Arsenal complete signing of Mikel Arteta

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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.”

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I Bleed Red
I Bleed Red

First

Luke
Luke

That’s great!!

Chamron
Chamron

Second, but I’m not happy at all, YB and MA to replace CF and SN what a fucking joke!

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

Stuff it.

asiangooner
asiangooner

its not like Cesc-Nasri won anything together…at least give Mikel-Wilshere a chance! have some optimism for gods sake!

wandarah
wandarah

They’re not replacements. They’re stabilizers. They’re good enough.

Ricardo Mora

Exactly. Well said

ken

I know it was a lot to ask for in a such a short time, but I doubt we’ll find replacements for those two players for quite some time. I’ve come to realize that Arsenal just will not sign a world-class player, haha. Though I do think these signings add some pieces to this squad that we desperately need but it’s impossible to replicate the overall creativity we had with Cesc.

fuck off one john hawley
fuck off one john hawley

your a cunt.

Aero
Aero

RELAX: Name two players of the same ages and skill levels as Cesc and Nasri that we could have bought in? Go on…

Martin
Martin

Exactly . If players like Cesc and the cunt had been available then City/United/Barca would have been after them and not Cesc and Nasri. Arteta is a very good player and is probably better than Nasri

Scooter
Scooter

We also got a world-class CB

Dobbi
Dobbi

retard

RocCityGunner
RocCityGunner

FN HATER

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

Really? Just stop for a second and think about it. Who could replace Fabregas? Xavi? Dream on. Who could replace Nasri? Lots of players. Nasri choked when it mattered. He was PART of the problem, not the solution.

Martin
Martin

Gervinho is the replacement for Nasri. He rarely played central midfield for us.

Kane
Kane

To all the complaining, moaning whingers. Shut your fucking pie hole. Fuck off. Now cunts!

josh
josh

so what good did cesc and nasri ever bring to arsenal? nothing except a few special goals and dummy spits. they were not leaders of the team and when the going got tough they got going. i for one welcome these two additions with a massive smile knowing at 1) how hard yossi benayoun works for a team and 2) Arteta has a range of passing and shooting that noone at arsenal has. and he shined in a team like everton, now he will have song and wilshire protecting him i can only say he will be a much better player.

Seb
Seb

finally, was thinking this would not make it.

bonedoc
bonedoc

Starting to feel slightly more confident about the season for the first time in months!

Gnasher
Gnasher

My thoughts exactly

matt krieher
matt krieher

second

kev
kev

fail!

Ab Di
Ab Di

Wooohoo!! Didnt Wenger say that it took time to sign players? 5 players in 3 days. I think the Boss just loves the pressure and intrigue of the last few days of the transfer window :p

Gnasher
Gnasher

Its also upto the selling club. The deadline forces the issue to close at a certain price.

Tony Adams' liver
Tony Adams' liver

that sure was one hell of a ride

Sniff
Sniff

In the words of Blogs himself – Woo, and indeed, Hoo!!!

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

arteta, benayoun, mertesacker, santos, park. wow. we said we needed mor experienced players and thats exactly what arsene has brought in. i think its very positive. now next summer we can focus on hazard/gotze/m’villa.

i think we can beat liverpool to fourth at the least. confident of that now. they signed bellamy which was decent but he’s past his best. meireles was a big loss for them.

Ordinary Dan
Ordinary Dan

could not agree more. on every point.

ArryTheTwitch
ArryTheTwitch

wooohoooo!

What do you think starting XII will be?

szsz-sagna,verm,kons/mert,santos- Song, arteta,wilsh-Gervin,RVP,theo/ryo/chamb

Martin
Martin

Not a chance that Ryo and Chamberlain start over Walcott.

(arYse)
(arYse)

Arshavin also people seem to have forgotten him.

rains
rains

I don’t think anyone’s forgotten Arshavin… I think a lot of people are just a bit tired of him.

Truegooner
Truegooner

ryo and chamberlain should get loaned out in January. We got these experienced players in so that our young players can gain experience without feeling undue pressure to perform right now.

babyboyg
babyboyg

If we did have a starting XII we might have a chance this season.

The pope
The pope

Deeeeeeench. Most fun you can have with your clothes on that. Or off, actually. Biggest joy = look at benayoun’s hair on arsenal.com when it comes back up. Almost as head and shoulders as rosicky.

Dannyboy
Dannyboy

Great signing. We are now a top 4 team once again. We could never replace Cesc and Nasri. Not on our wage budget. And we can’t compete with Manchester or the the dirty Russian. We have seriously strengthened our team and it’s all about playing in the champions league. With this squad we are now back in the race. Great news. Come on you rip roaring reds

K
K

At last!!!! Still don’t think we signed the players to get us a top 4 finish though!

Tony Adams' liver
Tony Adams' liver

looks as though the ghost of xabi alonso can finally be put to rest

indian gooner
indian gooner

haha
we are the official transfer deadline day kings
what an end to an otherwise depressing summer arsenal wise
clichy santos
fabreags arteta
nasri gervinho
park bendtner
plus bennayoun
and mertesacker >> cahill or jagielka

No matter what happens this season….I wont blame Wenger for not trying to fix his squad 🙂

Abwb123
Abwb123

#DEEEECH

Good solid signings. Any predictions as to how we’ll line up against Swansea? Starting to feel a bit more confident about the season ahead – hopefully a relatively easy run of games will help the side bed together. (Asking for trouble there.)

Steve
Steve

What are we making of this then?

Szczcesny

Sagna/Jenkinson TV5/Djourou Mertesacker/Koscielny Santos/Gibbs

Song/Frimpong

Wilshere/Ramsey Arteta/Benayoun

Gervinho/Walcott/Oxlade-Chamberlain Arshavin/Miyaichi

Van Persie/Chu Young Park/Chamakh

arteta 10m
gervinho 11m
Chu Young Park 4m
oxlade chamberlain 12m
mertesacker 9m
santos 7m
jenkinson 1m
campbell 1m

spent 55m

fabregas 35m
nasri 23m
clichy 7m
eboue 4m
JET 1m

70m in

profit 15m approx…..

what does everyone think?

indian gooner
indian gooner

i think its a good squad for top 4 finish….but still a bit short of playing for the title
if the new signings esp. santos,park and mertesacker settle quickly we could do really well
my only concern is for goals….too much of it depends on van persie staying fit

GM
GM

We can hopefully compete for the CL, CC and FA cup though.

taio cruz
taio cruz

well the asian just scored a hat trick on international duty. I have a feeling he’s good cover for us. I’m a bit more nervous about what happens when RVP turns 30 and Park has to go to the military. But that’s another worry for another summer. For today, I think RVP, Walcott, Park, and Chamakh have us sorted.

andy
andy

great business and a great set of additions

asiangooner
asiangooner

awesome business, and keep in mind the wages haven’t been factored in, so its probably a little less than 15m in profit.

Martin
Martin

The wages of outgoing players coming off the books also have to be factored in though.

AFC 4 life
AFC 4 life

Don’t you forget Diaby?

Alf
Alf

No understudy to Szczesny???

kc
kc

almunia…

Truegooner
Truegooner

Arsenal and Almunia will probably agree to a mutual cancellation of his contract, which will allow him to seek a move beyond the transfer deadline.

Belfast Gooner
Belfast Gooner

Starting to come round to the idea of Arteta. Premier league experience and good technique. He will also want to prove himself at a big club, the same with Yosi who is a more direct version of Hleb. Little bit disappointed we didn’t bring in a few superstars but theres always January. So fairly happy with the acquisitions. A CD, a LB, 2 MFs and a CF. Not too shabby!
Up the arse

rains
rains

Benayoun actually scores goals, Hleb doesn’t.

Jamie
Jamie

Hopefully this will get us through to the next window, and then we can buy more carefully without the whiff of panic on the air.

Happy players have come in to steady the ship, but surely not long term solutions.

Truegooner
Truegooner

agreed. These signings should come us in the top 4. the next windows will be about securing our future and challenging for a title. Winning the Premier League this season is probably out of the question, but I’m still cautiously optimistic.

Hopefully in January we can get rid of more of the deadwood (I’d like to see the back of Arshavin, Rosicky, and Chamakh myself) and sign a potential star. Liverpool got Suarez last january; we need to look at someone of that caliber.

andy
andy

he has done exactly what we asked him to do, GREAT feckin signings…. now its up to us to support

Mookie
Mookie

Decent signings, particularly in defence, but surely overall arsenal are weaker now than the end of last season? Interesting to see what wenger sets as the target. It will presumably be 4th but can’t see liverpool being too worried by any of those signings.

Edward M Chukwurah

Wait, surely you aren’t MookieB from the Guardian?

Truegooner
Truegooner

Liverpool can go eff themselves. Losing Meireles will be big for them. Adam’s form will spiral down as the season progresses (because he’s fat and slow), gerrard is arguably past it, henderson and Carroll might never pan out. If Suarez goes down they are in big trouble.

Alpha t
Alpha t

What about to NB52? Is he still around? I missed all the deadline drama!!
Somebody help!! Lol

Allypallygooner
Allypallygooner

Bendtner season long loan to Sunderland Alpha

Allypallygooner
Allypallygooner

I think people need to get over this attitude of “he’s a poor man’s fabregas”. We probably won’t see another player as good as cesc for generations. No player we could have signed would have had people saying ‘cesc replaced, great. You can’t replace the irreplaceable. Arteta is a bloody good signing. Be happy gooners this is good news.

Truegooner
Truegooner

agreed. I just hope Arteta can stay healthy. That is our biggest problem: the dreaded injury bug. I really hope RvP doesn’t try hard for NED, they are playing against San Marino and Finland he should play blindfolded and at half speed.

Witoldo
Witoldo

Great idea–if he plays blindfolded, I’m sure he won’t get injured by running into someone or something.

Visual approximation here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1hvKYOnhLQ

Mike Hawke
Mike Hawke

ughh… brings back memories lol

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

I would love to hear Arsene reveal in his next press conference that he was never interested in Jagielka at anywhere near Everton’s asking price and the club had been pursuing Arteta since mid-July. I’m not holding my breath, mind you.

Swish
Swish

As grateful as I am that Wenger has finally dipped into his purse and spend some cash on proven quality, part of my does think ‘why couldn’t we have bought these type of players last year?’, who knows, we may need to have not sold Nasri and Cesc this year if we had.

Anyhow, spilt milk and all that.

Come oooooooooooooooooon yooooooooooou reeeeeeeeds!

Swish
Swish

Apologies, typos all over the place. It’s what you get for staying up late following the TDD.

AFC
AFC

There are definately too many o’s in both “on” and you”

DEEEEEEEEEENCH
DEEEEEEEEEENCH

Great buys, which we really needed. Finally feel optimisitic!

Also, Arteta can take free kicks, which is nice.

Seb
Seb

Santos is a free kick specialist, he, arteta and rvp will be competing to take them this season

asiangooner
asiangooner

Top quality player, very happy with Wenger’s shopping spree!
With the relatively “easy” fixtures ahead, it gives the players a good chance to work with each other’s style and fit as a team.
what a week this has been!

andy
andy

yes exactly, too much negativity, he has added quality AND experience i for one finally feel good about our squad

Arsenal
Arsenal

Brilliant window this year, bar the fact that is was an absolute rollercoaster (partly Wenger to blame for that) during which Gooners turned against each other, the media ate up our ravaged squad, football pundits had every swipe at Arsenal for not spending, just glad the window is over. However, would like us to bring in some younger players (can’t believe I’m saying that) in M’Vila or Marvin Martin but Mikel Arteta is just super class, always signed him in FIFA 11. And Benayoun is a good squad player. 1 day, 5 transfers, 2 defenders, 2 midfielders, and a forward, along with Gervinho, Jenkinson, and AOC not too shabby. Really happy Arteta signed, he will turn Ramsey and Wilshere into the truly top players they could be. Mertesacker is brilliant (better than the overrated Dann, Cahill, and Jagielka). Brilliant, brilliant Wenger you’ve pulled it off. Hopefully in the January window we’ll see one huge big money signing but I am completely content with this window. I say to get team spirits up we thump Swansea 8-0. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!

Truegooner
Truegooner

Is M’Vila that good? Has anyone seen him play? His team wanted 30 million pounds for him; that is a ridiculous price for a defensive midfielder. More than Essien money.
Let’s sign him in January for half that price and send Frimpong on loan.

Rodders1971

On the whole good signings IMO…coulda done with them 3 weeks ago though.
Come on you gunners-we’re only 8 points (& several goals) behind….

goonerdredd
goonerdredd

Wenger has brought in experience and quality. Once he gets the new signings playing together, providing support to our young talent I’m sure they will all gel and become more than the sum of their parts as is usual with Wenger’s teams.

Steve
Steve

I reckon arteta is a strong signing… if he can stay fit… still think we’re a little light in the goal scoring dept….

we’ve lost 2 of the best midfielders in europe.

and replaced them with yossi benayoun and mikel arteta. time will tell.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

We’ve replaced them with Benayoun/Arteta & Gervinho, rather.

Dannyboy
Dannyboy

Forget djourou he’s pony. Top 3 centrebacks now verm, kosh and now mert. And santos at LB, sagna at RB. That’s a very strong defensive line. When you think back to last year we had to rely on squil. And he is as bad if not worse than gus ceaser. We are definately stronger than last year. Are main problem has been letting the goals in. We also have a wonderfully gifted keeper at last. Happy days

arseblog
Admin

Quality signing. Very happy with it.

Mrgunner82
Mrgunner82

Chuffed about the arteta signing, I couldn’t go to bed until I knew if he had def signed or not. Now it’s time to dream about arteta scoring the winner against spurs from 30 yards. COME ON ARSENAL!!!!!!!!

MattyMattyMattMatt
MattyMattyMattMatt

I don’t think scoring the last goal to make it 6 nil could really be described as “the winner” but it would be the icing on the cake.

morefiah
morefiah

In Arsene I trust. Never doubted him. It takes balls of steel to run a club like Arsenal FC. I wouldnt want a manager who bows to every little pressure that is brought to bear on him. Do i wonder about his methods at times? HELL YEAH!! But what the fuck do I know? I am a fricking fan! This guy speaks what, & languages? Has an economics degree…. Is the manager of one of the top ten clubs in the world….has had an UNBEATEN ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON!!…..has had 15 unbroken years of Champions League football with his team….. and HAS WON TROPHIES!. I think the man is brilliant…..eccentric? Yes…..Stubborn? Yes…..Set in his way? Yes…. Loves his club??/ HELL FUCKIN YES!!….. I dont want the fans to ever stop pressuring him…. I think a man in a high pressure job who is not pressured will grow stale and useless….. but I also want the fans to trust the man. He has earned it. 8-2 Was about a team against a pick-up side. Man-U had its own 8-2 experience this summer and I think the reason was pretty much the same….. Our season really starts now. AW has done his part….. Now lets do ours. COME ON YOU REDS!!!!!!!

daniel frawley

the arteta transfer was absolutey brilliant. went to the last few minutes of deadline.he will slot in nicely at arsenal.

Craig
Craig

Very good signings in my opinion , will strengthen the squad a hell of a lot, wilshere, gervinhio and song to cone back ib aswell, things are on the up!!!!

HiredGoons
HiredGoons

Claiming some LANS’s?! That’s the spirit! Got some hope in my heart and all that again. I really hope this sorts out our season. I’ve been becoming more and more frustrated with Arsene but I honestly don’t think losing him would have been a good thing. We’ve seen sp*rs go through managers and get virtually nowhere. Ended up with a dog-faced cunt like H*rry, is that what people wanted?! Come on!

Masterwenger
Masterwenger

pinch slap pinch slap pinch slap pinch slap pinch slap pinch slap help.. pinch slap pinch slap pinch slap

asiangooner
asiangooner

can’t wait to update my FIFA team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnnyboy
Johnnyboy

haha, i wasn’t looking forward to seeing how arsenal ranks in fifa 12… now i can’t wait! fucking love arteta!

I Bleed Red
I Bleed Red

Actually we are still only good enough for fourth. I am delighted we made decent signings. But I’m not blown over. The players signed are experienced and hopefully will bring in some stability to facilitate the rise of Jack, Ramsey and others. It remains important to invest further to bring in some truly game changing players.

Also if we do fail to gain 4th spot say goodbye and R.I.P to RvP.

andy
andy

i truly hate downers like you!

goonerdredd
goonerdredd

Me too!

andy
andy

bleed red my arse!

I Bleed Red
I Bleed Red

Sorry didn’t mean to be a downer but thats how I feel… we need to invest further to become truly competitive. But as I said I’m delighted with taking a step in the right direction. The right players for the right time.

andy
andy

fair enough now lets get behind the team

coolarse
coolarse

you bleed red out of your arse mate

Martin
Martin

Yeah, seriously, fuck off.

skinnygooner
skinnygooner

i think the signings we’ve made are a pretty good, got no finger nails left tho! boy do we always leave it late!! im really looking forward to seeing arteta in the famous red n white shirt. we got a pretty good back line now hopefully per n santos wont take to long to settle in. yossi should give us a little something we’ve really missed, i know its only a season long loan but by then i hope wenger would have already got someone in his pocket to come in. OH and i nearly forgot to say…the board are still a bunch of sticky smelly na$ri’s

Lord Teddy Ears

Ivan the fucking terrible you smell like a dead badgers Na$ri !!!!

Bob the Gunner
Bob the Gunner

ARTETAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA……..
Closest player in the league we can get to replace Fabregas !!!

Cup Half Full
Cup Half Full

We didn’t sign Messi?!?!?! What the fuck….? Come on, let’s get behind the (new) squad & the manager, if we’d bought Hazard & M’Vila you’d have all complained about the lack of experience. This is what we’ve got until the January window – support them or fuck off and follow that horrible little horse faced lesbian to Shiteh.

andy
andy

ha well played sir

red712004
red712004

Think I would have spent the 15m on Cahill as well. Not sure Djourou is up to it. Glad to finally sign a couple of players with PL experience though not sure why some of this couldn’t have been tied up a couple of weeks ago. Not as if Nasri or Fabregas leaving was a surprise.

Truegooner
Truegooner

Cahill is overrated; we might get him for free next summer. We can always get rid of Djourou in January. Spurs didn’t even get him. After all that huffing and puffing, I bet Bolton feel like fools

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

My thoughts exactly. Bolton gambled big and may lose their player for nothing. He knows Arsenal and ****s have offered to bring him in. He’ll be made aware of the wages he could be earning. I would not be shocked at all if Bolton fails to get his signature on an extension. He could be an Arsenal player-in-waiting come Jan. 1.

coolarse
coolarse

so happy

Dave
Dave

Not absolutely blown away but definitely brings alot of prem experience with him which we have definitely been lacking. A further bolstering in January should see us competing for CL football again this season.

Only slightly shocking figure is Oxlade being our top money signing?? Alot of pressure on the kid, hope he is given the time & coaching to develop into what we paid for him.

Johnnyboy
Johnnyboy

doesn’t that show how good arsenal are at signing players cheaply. arteta is a massive steal! mertesacker is basically the best defender available. it’s a much better system than liverpool’s, both manchesters and chelsea. arsenal actually make a profit, this is why i love this club, they don’t just buy success, they try to build it

Cup Half Full
Cup Half Full

Giant centre half & a Brazilian full back gives me a nice warm nostalgic glow….anyone else remember those days?

red712004
red712004

Hope his passport is ok!

AFC
AFC

Time’s up. This actually means that Cahill stay at Bolton? Now they won’t even get 6M…..

AFC
AFC

+ will

Cup Half Full
Cup Half Full

Have got 3 different versions of his passport here, they all look fine to me…