Arteta made his move to North London during the final hours of deadline day, and he is full of optimism ahead of the season with his new club:
” I know Arsenal’s philosophy is always having possession of the ball and to be a really nice passing team, it’s the type of football I like to play, so I can’t wait,” Arteta said. “I am going there to help the team to make things better and to see if we can win something.
“Fabregas has been a terrific player, one of the best in the Premier League and [replacing him] is a big ask. What I want to do is start helping the team, start showing my abilities and see where we go from there.”
Arteta spent a lengthy six-and-a-half years at Everton, and after signing a fresh five-year contract last year, he looked destined to finish his career at Goodison Park when he signed a new five-year deal in 2010. With financial worries hitting the Merseyside club, they were in a situation where they had to allow at least one star player to leave to ease the woes, but for £10m Arteta represents a bargain for the Gunners.
“It has been hard saying goodbye to everyone at Everton and seeing some of the reaction of people with whom I’ve shared so many good moments,” he said. “I think the club is in a situation where they need to sell someone.
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“They don’t want to put the team and the club in a situation when in one or two years time this club is in bits.”
Arteta should provide the necessary experience and quality to the midfield, and will be able competition for Ramsey for a place in the team. The season essentially begins next weekend at Swansea, with Arsenal trailing the leaders by 8 points and a horrible goal difference of -8. The international break came at a perfect time really, allowing some of the new signings to train with the squad and Wenger, and also adjust to life in North London. Fingers crossed that there are no injuries from the matches, and they should add some necessary personal confidence to the players. Especially Van Persie who bagged a 4 goal haul against San Marino, whilst new signing Park scored a hat-trick against Lebanon.