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Arteta poised for central role

04 Dec 2008 - 07:01:51

Everton manager David Moyes has hinted that he may utilise midfielder Mikel Arteta in a more central role in future, following the Spaniard's fine display in the 1-0 win at Spurs.

The 26-year-old has usually been used on the flanks during his time at Goodison Park, but Moyes thinks that Arteta may be ready to move inside at last.

He told the Daily Echo: "Mikel's performance at Tottenham was the Mikel Arteta we have all come to know - maybe he was really suited to the role we had him in.

"He arrived at the club as a central midfielder, but he has become so effective in wide areas and been such a threat that we have used him there.

"You notice when someone of his ability isn't playing to the levels they can, but Mikel works hard and is a big influence.

"His talent is unquestionable. I've no doubts the consistency will return.

"Mikel has been very good for us over the years and is trying to get back to the standards he's set."


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