Moyes: We Must Unsettle Arteta
Everton have to conquer a well-known foe on Tuesday.
Everton will have to conquer a well-known foe at the Emirates on Tuesday.
Since switching to North London from Merseyside in 2011 Mikel Arteta has become the fulcrum of Arsenal's midfield, dictating the play from a deep midfield position.
He's been a model of consistency for the Gunners this term but his success in the capital comes as no surprise to David Moyes - the man who brought Arteta to the Premier League and helped sculpt him into the player he is today.
Arteta's quality can be summed up by his 92.4% pass completion rate - the second best in the Premier League this term.
Moyes said at his pre-match press conference: "Mikel's been great. He was great for Everton.
"We really enjoyed having him here. He was a great boy and I think he's done well for Arsenal.
"He's been an important cog in their team, he's one of the highest passers in the league. He doesn't give the ball away very often. So I think he helps their style and he's important for them."
Arteta scored the penalty which helped Arsenal rally from 1-0 down to win 3-1 at home to Norwich on Saturday - a result which kept pursuing Everton at arms length ahead of Tuesday's clash between the sides.
Arsene Wenger's side are currently the form team in the league - a scenario in stark contrast to some turbulent times previously this season when a top four place looked out of reach.
Moyes continued: "There were times earlier in the season where people were questioning the whole Arsenal thing, but every year they finish up there.
"Every year they have been successful, which is making the Champions League, because even for a club like Arsenal to compete against the Manchester Uniteds, Manchester Citys and Chelseas of this world is a big ask for them as well. Making the Champions League makes sure they can continue to try and attract the top players.
"The big clubs realise this is the business end of the season. If you are going to be successful, more than likely you have to be picking up points and winning games at this time of year."
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