Mikel Arteta has left Everton Football Club after a £10 million deal was agreed in the final hours of the transfer window.
The Spaniard completed a last ditch switch to Arsenal after telling Everton manager David Moyes that he felt his future was away from Goodison Park.
The Blues Boss said: “Mikel indicated to me that he wished to join Arsenal if a bid came in. I am very disappointed to lose him but the prospect of Champions League football was something I wasn’t able to offer him.”
Rumours of a move to North London had been rife throughout transfer deadline day but by the evening it was reported that any potential move was off.
But then after news broke of Arteta’s meeting with Moyes, Blues officials and their counterparts at the Emirates quickly agreed the deal and it was pushed through in the final minutes before the 11pm deadline.
The news marks the end of Arteta’s six-and-a-half year spell on Merseyside – a period in which he emerged as one of the Premier League’s best midfielders.
And ultimately it was his comfort on the ball and creative nouse which encouraged Arsene Wenger to prise him from Merseyside in an attempt to fill the void left by Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Arteta came to Goodison in January 2005, initially on loan from Real Sociedad, before making the move permanent the following summer.
He was Everton’s player of the season for 2005/06 and developed into a key team member before suffering a serious knee injury in February 2009.
But he battled back to fitness and had committed himself to a new five year deal last summer, amid much speculation over his future.