Arteta explains change of heart

01 September 2011 11:00
Mikel Arteta believes it was too good a chance to turn down after completing his transfer deadline day switch from Everton to Arsenal.

Arsenal's bid to take the Spaniard to the Emirates Stadium looked to have failed on Wednesday afternoon after Everton rejected an initial £10m offer, only for the move to be rushed through at the last minute after Arteta made it known he wanted to leave.

The 29-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Gunners after ending his long association with the Toffees and Arteta has insisted it was an opportunity that was too good to turn down.Arteta said: "It is a big opportunity for me and my family and I think it is the right time for me to take it."It is a big challenge, a different challenge, fresh for me and I want to see myself on the biggest stage, the Champions League."I am 29 years old so I haven't got much time left to take a chance like this one. I think I have done my best for Everton."I always try hard, I have been as professional as I could and I was grateful for the support and the love that the club and the fans showed me."

Source: DSG

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