How refreshing to read in today?s Guardian that despite his wish to one day play in Spain where he believes his chances of playing for the national side would be improved, Arteta states that he feels at home at Everton and is desperate for us to do well even it does cost him international recognition. How refreshing that he cites the continued support of the fans, even during that dreadful start two seasons ago, as a major factor in his reasons for staying.
So anyone who thinks that the players don?t notice the fans loyalty and support, please take note when you next decide to hurl abuse. It could just be the difference between attracting / retaining a major talent.
And Yakubu, please take note and take a leaf out of Arteta and Cahill?s book and respect the fans that pay your handsome salary.
Ray Robinson, Posted 09/02/2008 at 21:29:17
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1 Posted 09/02/2008 at 19:49:36
Our lad speaks eloquently for himself so I won't repeat him ? except for "I'm happy, I love this club and I wouldn't leave just for that (a cap)" When the biggies from Spain come in with multimillions, everything, of course, could change. But when San Mikel signed his latest contract with our club, we know that he knew what he was doing and was happy with his choice.
He's as much a club player as Hibbo or Leon for me.
2 Posted 10/02/2008 at 09:09:04
3 Posted 10/02/2008 at 09:40:47
4 Posted 10/02/2008 at 11:05:17
To be honest I have been disappointed with his delivery from set pieces this season but to have a player like Arteta, who is the envy of most teams in the league makes us very lucky.
His overall contribution, team play and loyalty make him a true asset. His piece of skill in the second half when he skinned two defenders on the right hand side of their box before having his shot blocked lit up a truly awful match.
I hope he stays with us for many seasons to come.
5 Posted 10/02/2008 at 11:25:37
6 Posted 10/02/2008 at 12:09:56
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8 Posted 10/02/2008 at 15:08:59
Ron: There aren’t any big 4. There are three rich, mighty clubs leading the table, and then comes Everton!!!
9 Posted 10/02/2008 at 18:51:04
We have the best of both worlds here. A Spanish talent with a British attitude. Just pray that the big money doesn’t come in for him - he would be a god back in Spain.