Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is poised to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer - and could re-join former club Everton.
The 32-year-old, who admitted last week that he struggles to enjoy life as a professional footballer, is set to leave the Gunners this summer after a difficult few months with the north London outfit.
Arsenal have not opened talks over a new contract with the club’s current vice-captain, whose deal expires next year, according to the Mirror. As a result, Arteta is expected to seek a move away from the Gunners after three years at the club, in order secure his future for the next few seasons.
The midfielder’s recent below-par performances have been criticised by Arsenal supporters, some of whom have pinned the blame for the club’s slump on his shoulders.
However, Everton are considering the possibility of re-signing Arteta, who enjoyed six years at Goodison Park between 2005 and 2011. Manager Roberto Martinez has a good relationship with the Arsenal star, and could decide to bring him back to Merseyside if the club fail to strike a permanent deal for Manchester City’s Gareth Barry, who has impressed during his loan spell with the Toffees this season.
There’s a good chance that Everton could finish higher than Arsenal in the Premier League table this season. The Gunners currently occupy fourth spot prior to this afternoon’s matches, but failure to beat Hull City at the KC Stadium will mean Everton can leapfrog Arsene Wenger’s side into the final Champions League position if they defeat Manchester United in the 4:10pm kick-off.
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