Arteta: I’ve got the best years of my career ahead of me

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Arsenal’s new number 8, Mikel Arteta, has spoken to the club website for the first time about his move to the Gunners. Reflecting on how the move came about, the Spanish midfielder also talks about his desire to settle quickly in London, why he was attracted to the Emirates, how he came to be a Premier League success story and what he knows about the other deadline day arrivals.

On how the move came about…

“I knew of the interest from the club from about a week or so [before] but Arsenal were still deciding and I wasn’t sure if Everton wanted to sell me as well. They decided to wait until the last day and obviously to get everything done in 24 hours is not easy. Finally we got it done and I’m real happy.”

On leaving Everton…

It’s been a great experience for me being at a club like Everton. I really enjoyed it. I have left so many friends and it has been hard to say good bye to everyone. I’ve got really good friends there and people who have looked after me in those six years. The fanbase is unbelievable as well at Everton and I really hope that everybody understands my decision and the decision of the club, because I think it was in the best interests of every party.”

On the last seven days…

On Wednesday night the paperwork was done, on Thursday as well. On Friday I went to the club to say goodbye to everyone, the manager, the chairman, all the teammates and the staff. On Friday night I moved to London because I wanted to get settled as soon as possible; we’re in a house now with the family, but we’re looking at houses, areas nurseries…I want to get it done as soon as possible so I can focus on the training and the games.”

On why he wanted to play for Arsenal…

“I have always been a big admirer of the Arsenal philosophy, the way they play, the way they do the job, and it’s always exciting watching Arsenal play. I was a Barcelona boy that was my team  [IGNORE] and Arsenal have exactly the same philosophy so in England there is no better team to watch than Arsenal.”

On playing against Arsenal in the past…

“We had some good games Arsenal. I can’t wait to start playing. I can’t wait to play at the Emirates, I think it’s an unbelievable stadium. I’m so excited.”

On working with Wenger…

“He seems really calm and really confident and he’s shown that confidence by bringing in so many young, talented players to the squad while everyone else was spending a lot of money. The most important thing is he wants to play good football and then win. I like that.”

On whether Arsenal have signed him at his peak…

“Hopefully, I’ve got the right experience in England and throughout my career and I can help the team and the young lads here. I think I’ve got the best two, three, four years of my career ahead.”

On why he has succeeded in England…

“I think my spell in Scotland [with Rangers] when I was training for three years was really important. Some people didn’t understand that move, but I knew that if I wanted to play in England I had to toughen up and get used to the pace of English football. It was a great experience for me. Obviously my spell at Everton has helped a lot, but there are always things in your game you need to change and adapt and that is what I try to do.”

On adapting to life at Arsenal…

“Hopefully I will not take long to adapt but obviously you need to meet new characters, new personalities and new players with different abilities so you need to pick that up as soon as possible to get an understanding on the pitch. But I have been watching a few videos and have got some work done before training and hopefully that will help me.”

On fellow new arrivals…

“I think we’ve got some experience there from all of them. We have strength in nearly every position in the team which I think is important because we’re going to be playing in four competitions. Hopefully they can all add something different to the team and get the team performing better.”

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