Arsenal midfielder signing triggers additional £1m payment - reports

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Everton will reportedly have to pay £1 million to Real Sociedad after the Merseyside club sold Mikel Arteta to Arsenal.

According to talkSPORT, Arteta had a clause in his contract which entitled Sociedad to 10 percent of any potential sell-on fee, having moved to Goodison Park from the Spanish club in 2005.

The 29-year-old completed a £10 million move to Arsenal on Thursday, as Arsene Wenger scoured the market desperately searching for midfield reinforcements.

When Arteta heard about the interest from Arsenal, he made clear he wished to see his ambition to play in the Champions League fulfilled, hence, Everton reluctantly accepted the Gunners' offer.

But, despite his wish to join Arsenal, Arteta does leave Everton with a heavy heart, and the Spaniard has today paid tribute to manager David Moyes and chairman Bill Kenwright.


"No, no. I don't want people blaming the manager or the chairman," Arteta told Sky Sports News.

"That was the best solution for everyone, I am 100 per cent sure.

"Some people will disagree, but I 100 per cent believe that it was the best solution for everyone.

"I know the chairman really well and he doesn't want to sell anyone. He is a big, big fan and he has put his life into the club."

Meanwhile, Arteta is set to make is debut for Arsenal next weekend against Swansea, with Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos also expected to make their bows for the north London club.

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