Arsenal’s new signing Mikel Arteta says the lure of a new challenge at Arsenal, and Champions League football, was too great to turn down, but has thanked Everton FC and its fans for the time he spent at the Merseyside club.
Speaking to Everton TV, Arteta said, “It is a big opportunity for me and my family and I think it is the right time for me to take it. It is a big challenge, a different challenge, fresh for me and I want to see myself on the biggest stage, the Champions League.
“I am 29 years old so I haven’t got much time left to take a chance like this one.
And on his time at Everton, he said, “I think I have done my best for Everton. I always try hard, I have been as professional as I could and I was grateful for the support and the love that the club and the fans showed me.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye. Obviously I am never going to forget what I have done here and what the people and this club have done for me.”
Arteta started 191 games for Everton, scoring 31 goals.
The Spaniard will add some depth and quality to an Arsenal midfield which has plenty of potential but lacks experience after the departure of Cesc Fabregas.