Arsenal completed a sensational last-gasp swoop for Mikel Arteta as the transfer window slammed shut.

The Gunners looked to have missed out on Arteta earlier in the evening after Everton rejected a bid in the region of £10 million for their star midfielder.

But Arteta reportedly forced the issue and Arsenal looked to have reached an agreement with their Barclays Premier League rivals before the 11pm deadline, revealing they had signed the 29-year-old on a four-year contract.

The Spaniard joined Yossi Benayoun, Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos in moving to the Emirates as Arsene Wenger splashed out on transfer deadline day.

Arteta's signing is seen as a transfer coup for the club following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri earlier in the month, and an essential addition by the fans following the Gunners' 8-2 weekend defeat to Manchester United.

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