Arteta stresses he was right to leave Goodison Park to join Arsenal.
“It has gone probably better than I expected,” Arteta told the Evening Standard. “When you come to a club like Arsenal, you expect to find it very tough.
“I didn’t know how much I was going to play but to get in the team and play the amount of games I have in the last two years in unbelievable. The way I have got on with the players, the staff and the fans has been great.
“My family are happy here so I think I made the right choice coming [to the club] and that is not disrespectful to Everton. I felt it was my time to leave after what I did there and go on to a different challenge.”
Source: Daily Mirror
Ahead of Tuesday night’s crunch clash between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium, Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta has insisted he might the right choice in leaving Goodison Park.
Given the amount of game time the Spaniard has been afforded in Arsenal’s talented midfield, it is hard to disagree with the former Barcelona star but it’s worth noting that Everton have won the same amount of trophies as Arsenal since Arteta’s departure: 0.
In his comments, Arteta seems genuinely surprised that he has made himself a key player in the Gunners first team and its perhaps his versatility that has been a key factor in his success. Arteta prefers to operate as midfield pass-master, dictating the tempo and arriving late in the opposition penalty area. But he has also operated admirably as Arsenal’s enforcer this season, roughing up opponents and breaking up play in front of the back four with great success, in the absence of the crocked Abou Diaby.
The 31-year-old has even filled in in wide areas and boss Arsene Wenger clearly values his overall contribution to the team.
Arteta will know better than anybody, however, just how tough a nut Everton are to crack and tonight’s game promises to be crucial in the race for next season’s UEFA Champions League. A win for Arsenal would put them seven points clear of the Toffees, who still have to go to Liverpool and Chelsea, and would surely rule David Moyes’ men out of contention for the top four.
But if Moyes can seal his first win at Arsenal in 11 years, then the Toffees would go level on points with fourth place Chelsea and fifth placed Tottenham, just a point behind Arsenal, making this one of the most exciting races in Premier League history.