Everton boss David Moyes has revealed he didn't think it was fair to stand in the way of an Arsenal move for Mikel Arteta this summer.
The Scot has revealed that he prevented the Spaniard from leaving Goodison Park the year before, and when the opportunity arose on deadline day he decided the right thing to do was let the playmaker leave.
“Mikel had a chance to go the year before, but I made him stay because I thought last year we had our best chance of finishing right up there at the top of the Premier League. But it didn’t turn out that way," Moyes told talkSPORT.
“So when we got an offer with a few hours to go [from Arsenal before the close of the transfer window], and he wanted to go, I thought it was only fair I gave him the opportunity to go.”
The 29-year-old midfielder has made a bright start to life at the Emirates, featuring in Barclays Premier League and Champions League competition from the outset in north London.
His performances have also led to instant praise from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who believes Arteta is a 'complete' footballer and perfect for the Gunners.
“He is not a newcomer. Everybody knows him in England. We all knew he is an excellent player. He has integrated very well into the group,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.
“Mikel is a complete football player – he can defend, he can attack, and is very ambitious. He wants to do well and is very professional.”
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