New signing Mikel Arteta says the opportunity to play in the Champions League was a key factor behind his decision to join Arsenal.

The Spanish midfielder signed a four-year contract with the Club on Wednesday after completing his move from Everton to become Arsène Wenger’s final acquisition of the summer.

Arteta spent five successful years in the Premier League at Goodison Park but admits the lure of Europe’s elite club competition was too strong.

"It is a big opportunity for me and my family and I think it is the right time for me to take it,” he told Everton’s official website.

"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."

Mikel's final interview with Everton is now available on Arsenal Player. Video is courtesy of the official Everton website

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1 Sep 2011