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08 Mar 2010 17:48:46

Arteta sets sights on Europe

Mikel Arteta intends to be playing on the European stage with Everton next season - and David Moyes expects him to break onto the international scene.

The Spanish playmaker proved his return to form and fitness with a clinical double as Everton ran out crushing 5-1 winners over Barclays Premier League strugglers Hull on Sunday. Victory lifted Everton to eighth in the table and got their European bid back on track after last week's defeat at Tottenham and a disappointing Europa League exit to Sporting Lisbon.

"I think we played some terrific football. We have to win every game at home now, you want a chance to get in Europe next year. We have 10 games to go and we are in the mix now," said Arteta.

Arteta revelled in the space given to him by Hull at Goodison Park, finding the net twice in the first half either side of a stunning Tom Cairney equaliser.

"I am delighted," Arteta said. "I have been out a long time and I was pleased to score.

"I had more freedom to go forward because we were playing Johnny (Heitinga) behind me.

"The manager wanted me to go forward and play closer to the strikers and have more influence in attack."


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