Kevin Mirallas has no regrets over Arsenal rejection

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Everton star Kevin Mirallas has claimed that he is happy he chose to sign for the Toffees over Arsenal.

The Belgian star joined from Greek side Olympiakos in a £6m deal in 2012 and has since scored nine goals in 40 appearances for Everton.

However, it was revealed by the player last year that talks with Arsenal were in an advanced stage but he ultimately decided to sign for Everton.

"Discussions were at quite an advanced stage with Arsenal," said Mirallas to BBC Sport.

"[But] I think I had a possibility of playing in more games, for longer periods, with Everton."

Mirallas has has now revealed that he has no regrets over rejecting the club currently topping the Premier League, saying he has faith in what Everton are doing.

He told BBC Sport: "It was a good choice coming here. I wasn't ready to go to a club like Arsenal.

"What they're doing here is really good and I'm enjoying being part of it. Everton really, really wanted me and did everything they could to get me.

"I'm really happy here."

The 25-year-old also said he is happy Everton, who currently sit fourth in the table, are growing organically rather than investing excessive sums in players.

In a dig at Arsenal's £42.5m purchase of Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil, Mirallas said: "We're playing well and it's not by investing in £30m or £40m players. The team is better this season than last," he added.

"Probably most people would not have believed we would be where we are now, but we want to maintain that."

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