Arsenal has confirmed that they have agreed to sign Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta from Everton for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old arrives at Emirates Stadium on a four-year deal with a wealth of Barclays Premier League experience, having been with the Merseyside outfit since 2005.
After starting his career as a trainee with Barcelona, Arteta was loaned to Paris Saint-Germain before making his name in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers, where he was a member of the domestic treble winning side of 2002/03.
A year long spell in Spain with Real Sociedad followed before he teamed up with David Moyes’ side, initially on loan, in 2004/05. The Spaniard went on to score 28 goals in 174 Premier League appearances for the Toffees.
Arteta has represented Spain at Under-21 level, but has not played for the senior national team.
The deal is subject to the completion of formal registration processes.
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