Arteta eager for Arsenal 'challenge'
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Mikel Arteta is looking forward to testing himself in the UEFA Champions League with Arsenal following his £10million deadline-day move from Everton.

The 29-year-old Spaniard is reported to have taken a pay-cut to agree a four-year deal with the Gunners, who ensured their place in European club football's elite competition after a playoff win over Udinese.

I am 29 years old, so I haven't got much time left to take a chance like this one. 
New Arsenal man Mikel Arteta

"It is a big challenge, a different challenge, fresh for me and I want to see myself on the biggest stage, the Champions League," Arteta told Everton's website. "I am 29 years old, so I haven't got much time left to take a chance like this one."

Arteta, who spent six-and-a-half years at Goodison Park, added: "I always try hard, I have been as professional as I could. I was grateful for the support and the love that the club and the fans showed me. It is very difficult to say goodbye."

As Arteta left Everton, the Toffees welcomed Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe and young Argentinian striker Denis Stracqualursi on season-long loans.