Arsenal target 'wasn't expecting' to leave

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Everton defender Phil Jagielka admits he was unsettled by talk of a potential move to Arsenal this summer.

The England centre-back was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, however the Gunners opted to sign Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos in defence.

However the 29-year-old, who scored his first Everton goal in three-and-a-half years against Wigan Athletic at the weekend, says he was concerned by the speculation of a move to Arsenal, but his commitment to the club never altered.

“I was slightly affected because my name was in the papers a little bit. But I spoke to the manager a couple of times and he let me know what was going on. It was difficult. We were all a lot happier when the window shut.


“Unfortunately we had lost Mikel and Jermaine but that’s what we needed for the club to go forward. Hopefully we will have a good season and that will be the turning point.

“We’ve balanced the books and brought a couple of players in on loan who have done really well. We’ll go from there.

“It was difficult because I’m not used to speculation. There wasn’t a part of me that expected to go, so it wasn’t hard mentally. If I had wanted to go, I’m sure the gaffer would have expected me to kick up a fuss. But me and him had a chat and there was an understanding.

This was the second consecutive summer that Jagileka had been linked with Arsenal, the the north Londoners having had a bid reportedly turned down by Everton in 2010.

This summer Arsenal bid was reportedly around £10 million, another bid which was rejected by The Toffees.

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