Graeme Sharp believes that Mikel Arteta could well be the next Cesc Fabregas, after the North London club made a mammoth five signings over the last 24 hours of the transfer window.
Arteta made 174 appearances for Everton after moving to the club from Real Sociedad in 2005, and Sharp, who made 322 for the Toffees himself, believes the 29-year-old will fit into the Arsenal frame well.
“It was a surprise to everybody,” Sharp said of the signing.
“People thought if anyone was going to go it would be Phil Jagielka, no-one had even mentioned Mikel Arteta.
“He’s a fantastic footballer though and you can see the reason why Arsenal have been looking at him.
“His form wasn’t great last year but if you want someone to replace Fabregas then they’ve got the ideal person. He’s a little bit older now, but I still think it’s a fantastic deal for Arsenal.
“David Moyes will be frustrated this morning. I don’t think any manager wants to lose their best players and Mikel Arteta comes into that category.”
Talks appeared to have broken down between Arsenal and Everton over Arteta last night, but after the midfielder heard of the transfer situation he reportedly asked David Moyes to move.
Arteta will provide much needed support in Arsenal’s midfield this season, after Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas left the club.
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