Mikel Arteta has been a big figure at Everton FC since 2005. During his time here, the club has seen some of their best play in a decade.
What does his departure mean for the direction of the club?
Arteta left for a chance at Champions League football—even if it may only be for this one season, but don’t tell him that. He is going to enter the group stages with the Gunners and be looked to carry much of their offensive movement along with Jack Wilshere.
This move is a great opportunity for the Spaniard who has worked his arse off for Everton. It is sad to see him go, but that is the reality of football.
This transfer window saw Everton lose Yakubu, Jermaine Beckford (after only one season) and Mikel Arteta. Beckford and Arteta were thought to be two big pieces for the Blues in this campaign.
So with the departure of Arteta and others, is Everton in rebuilding mode? The answer is simply yes, but it comes with a dark shadow that has fans wondering if we will ever have the means to.