Emirates boss plans potential Goodison Park swoop if the Gunners lose their captain to Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger is preparing a move for Everton playmaker Mikel Arteta in case he fails to prevent Cesc Fabregas from moving back to Barcelona in the summer. The Arsenal boss has already made moves to bring Toffees defender Phil Jagielka to the Emirates but will return to the Goodison Park in an effort to land the Spanish midfielder as a direct replacement for the Gunners skipper should he make his much talked about Nou Camp move.
The 28 year old former Rangers and Real Sociedad flair player has become an integral part of David Moyes’s side and since his move to Merseyside five and a half years ago has established himself as one of the most talented players in the Premier League, offering Everton a crucial link between midfield and attack.
One can see why Wenger would turn to Arteta as a ready made replacement for Fabregas as the San Sebastian born playmaker would be a very worthy addition to the north London club should they find themselves without their mercurial leader.
Arteta has been a consistent source of goals from the midfield as well as being the architect of many assists to boot. Excellent from set pieces and full of invention Moyes would of course fight to avoid such a sale but he may find it very hard to avoid the player’s head being turned by such interest and a chance to shine in the Champions League as well as battling for a Premier League title may be too hard for Arteta to ignore.
Perhaps most importantly such a move would also potentially lead to a first full international cap for the attacking midfielder.