Everton fans came together on Thursday to wish a very happy birthday to former Evertonian turned Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard joined Goodison Park in 2005 from Real Sociedad for £2.5million after previously enjoying a loan stint with the English side (via World Football). Arteta accumulated 35 goals and 33 assists across 209 appearances in blue, before he made his final career move to Arsenal in 2011 where he retired five years later (via Transfermarkt).
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Lots of fans flooded in to wish their former midfielder a happy birthday and gush over his impressive goal tally from the middle of the park.
One fan has marvelled at the 38-year-old, saying ‘he was quality in blue’, whilst another claimed Arteta gave them their ‘best memory’ at Goodison.
He gave me my best memory in the lower G with that equaliser against Fiorentina!
— Mr Jampot (@Mr_Jampot) March 26, 2020
What a player Mikel was💙
— Nick (@Nick60199935) March 26, 2020
Best little Spaniard we know !!
— Adam (@TabbyEfc1991) March 26, 2020
Many thanks to Mikel Arteta
for giving Everton
his best years as a player.
And what a player he was… @Everton
— Carl Burgess (@empresstouch) March 26, 2020
Loved Arteta! Bit sour at the end but he was quality in blue! Glad he is well.
— TM (@mmoonnaagghhaan) March 26, 2020
Top top player for us….never quite the same after the injury and the player at Arsenal was half the one we had. Good to know he’s recovered.
— The Mamil (@Sullytheblue) March 26, 2020
Tell us what your favourite memory of Mikel Arteta is in blue, Everton fans!
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