Arteta pens five-year Everton deal

The news will end speculation over the 28-year-old’s future after a

summer in which he has been linked with Arsenal and clubs in his

native Spain. Arteta follows Tim Cahill, Leighton Baines, Jack

Rodwell and Seamus Coleman in signing a new long-term deal this

summer. Arteta told the club’s website: “What this summer has made

me realise is how important I am to the club and how important the

club is to me. “The chairman and the manager wanted me to stay 120%

and that makes me feel proud. “We are all seeing the club and the

future in the same way and that is special – something that you

don’t always find. “I believe in this squad. We have got a very

strong squad now and it is getting difficult to pick an 11 because

of the players we have. “Something is happening here and I want to

be a part of it.”