Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta has signed a new five-year contract at Goodison Park, the club have announced.

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 told the club's official 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."

He added: "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."

Arteta follows Tim Cahill, Leighton Baines, Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman in signing a new long-term deal this summer.

Arteta returned to action in January after almost a year out with a serious knee injury.

His form in the latter half of the season, as Everton rose to claim eighth place in the Barclays Premier League, caught the eye and reportedly attracted the attention of other clubs.

Manager David Moyes made the re-signing of his biggest stars his top priority at the end of last season and now only Steven Pienaar remains to commit.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Topics:
#Arsenal
#Seamus Coleman
#Football
#Mikel Arteta
#Premier League
#Tim Cahill
#Everton
#Steven Pienaar
#Leighton Baines
#Jack Rodwell