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A nice little interview published by the Guardian tonight about Mikel. Says he'll officially sign his 5-year contract tomorrow (Friday). Bit it's a nice little glimpse into the secretive world of Everton Football Club.

Interesting Arteta says, "...personally, [I] have been complaining to the chairman about how we need to improve this and that".
Alex Kociuba, Liverpool     Posted 13/08/2010 at 00:59:32

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Rob Fox
1   Posted 13/08/2010 at 04:42:32

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Quality stuff. A big thing for us is that the players have real belief. In moments of difficulty in games that real belief and need to succeed will help us.
Ernie Baywood
2   Posted 13/08/2010 at 05:18:34

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Just finished reading this article and headed over here to post it.

I'm very cynical and, having been burned by misplacing my trust in footballers before, I'm ready to put it all on the line once again.

I fuckin' love Mikel Arteta!
Ernie Baywood
3   Posted 13/08/2010 at 05:45:05

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A slightly different interview in the Mail which runs quotes from Arteta saying he offered the club the chance to sell him for good money as he is 28 and didn't cost much.

There is a lot of spin in football but that's nice to hear about our Manager and Chairman.
Ray Robinson
4   Posted 13/08/2010 at 09:15:19

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While acknowledging that most players are pure mercenaries, I have always refused to tar them all with the same brush. Despite criticism of Kenwright and Moyes at times, it is clear that their relationship with Arteta has won him over. The crowd too has played its part with its obvious adulation.

It brings me round to thinking that there really is something special about being an Evertonian. Why else would a succession of out-of-town players, who previously had no allegiance to the club, suddenly become committed to the cause and remain Blues after their playing career has finished - I'm thinking Alan Ball, Howard Kendall, Duncam McKenzie, Andy King, Ian Snodin, Graeme Stuart, Duncan Ferguson and now it would appear Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta.
Robert Lam
5   Posted 13/08/2010 at 09:27:06

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Arteta, you made a grown man cry.
Mike Green
6   Posted 13/08/2010 at 09:45:31

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Legend. What more can I say? The bloke's a fucking Legend.

Follow, Follow, Follow...!
Gareth Humphreys
7   Posted 13/08/2010 at 10:39:55

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Talk is cheap Mikel ? "it is my time now". Let's hope so and he delivers because there is no one with more ability than him ? he just needs to believe so and dictate big games away from home.
Adam Fenlon
8   Posted 13/08/2010 at 10:50:41

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Quality interview - the fact he's not talking in cliches gives him a bit of credibility in my eyes there!

Let's have a great season Mikel!
Anthony Hughes
9   Posted 13/08/2010 at 10:53:56

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In a football world full of greedy, low-life bastards, it's good to have men with class in our ranks.
Alan Kirwin
10   Posted 13/08/2010 at 11:13:20

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Keeping Mikel Arteta for another 5 years is just marvellous. The guy is just top drawer.


We need to get the Pienaar business done. Appears to be a major disconnect between what his agent is saying and what the club is saying. It is more rational to tie up someone with less than 1 year left than someone with 2. But whatever's going on really should be sorted. Sounds like he really prefers to stay. He's brilliant for us. Get him signed up then we can al relax.

And last point; Can someone tell that bloated fuck of a porn king who runs West Ham to put something in his mouth before spouting the bollocks he does. I quote " look at Yakubu and you think £1m or £2m. but no more." This, after bidding £6m (we believe) and then returning with a bid of £5m.

Almost Monty Python-esque.

If we can raise around £10m from Yak and JV then I believe, and I think Moyes believes, that Loic Remy offers greater potential return on investment than Landon D. I still expect LD to rejoin us on loan.
Anthony Hughes
11   Posted 13/08/2010 at 11:46:47

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Probably a load of shit but it looks like we've been linked with Ashley Young in one of the papers. If we did raise the cash from somewhere, what would it be ? Young or Donovan?
Gavin Ramejkis
12   Posted 13/08/2010 at 12:17:37

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Have to agree with you Alan #10; the gobshite at Brum needs to stick to peddling Jazz Mags. If he thinks Carlton Cole is worth £20m he's off his trolley.

I'd love us to go for broke on a proven goalscorer given the numbers we now have for most positions but holding out hope Beckford can give us double figures for the season which will be a superb return.
Alex Gibney
13   Posted 13/08/2010 at 12:49:12

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£75k a week also helped him make his mind up, that's for sure......
Tommy Gourlay
14   Posted 13/08/2010 at 12:50:49

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Anthony - if Ashley Youngs playing style has any correlation to a transfer bid for him then it would FALL OVER at the finish line FOR NO REASON..... ;)

David Parks
15   Posted 13/08/2010 at 13:06:29

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Yak's contract is up in the summer, same as Pienaar. I think Gold is right to try and get him on the cheap, cos he can always get him for free in the summer.

I would want us to be doing the same in the reverse. Anichebe and Vaughan also out of contract in the summer, so I would hope we are talking to agents or looking to sell on both of them.
Roberto Birquet
16   Posted 13/08/2010 at 13:00:26

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As some have posted, we are not there (all positions covered) yet. Man City only have a lack of knowing each other, they have eveything else.

We should not dismiss City as "lots a money, but useless", as some complacently do. Then there is still Spurs and Liverpool. Getting 4th will be damned difficult, wnd we need to shore up those areas we are weak.

Right midfield is the most obvious, and Landon Donovan should be the player. Not only has he the abilities we need there, but he already played for us and settled in. Landon ticks two boxes: Safety first, intelligent; fast wing play. Bloody no-brainer, but I expect Villa to bid for him. Here's why:

He'll go with what he knows; nailed on to try for Donovan. FFS sort out the Pienaar situation, if he signs great; look to sell someone else to bring in Donovan and a back up LB to Baines.

If he won't sign, and Donovan is available, please, put him up for sale. One year Pienaar or 4 years - and probably more committed - Donovan?
Tony J Williams
17   Posted 13/08/2010 at 13:06:00

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It would be funny to see people's reactions to Young if he came here, very very doubtful.

Would we start putting excuses like Andy Gray for the top 4 teams, "There was deffinitely slight contact there" and "the speed he was going, he needed just a small nudge".

I won't change though; I despise divers and we have two big ones in Yakubu, who is crap at it and Pienaar, who is frustrating with it.
Roberto Birquet
18   Posted 13/08/2010 at 13:11:27

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Alan Kirwin

West Ham ... spouting the bollocks he does. I quote " look at Yakubu and you think £1m or £2m. but no more." This, after bidding £6m (we believe) and then returning with a bid of £5m.

Almost Monty Python-esque.
Reminds me of Peter in Family Guy, haggling with a salesman: I'll give you £2,000, ok $1,000; make that £5,000 - salesman: eh? I said you could have it for £4,000 - ok, £6,000! Brian the dog explains: He can't haggle!
Dave Roberts
19   Posted 13/08/2010 at 13:21:31

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It's a bit unfair to say Yakubu is crap at diving. He has to be careful how he goes down. He doesn't want to set off all the world's seismographs or initiate tsunamis all over the place.

As for Arteta, his kind of realistic loyalty is of far more value and far more praiseworthy than the tattoo on the arm type....even Jamie Carragher has got one of them!

Thanks's just what we needed!
Ryan Holroyd
20   Posted 13/08/2010 at 13:50:02

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David Parks

Yakubu's contract doesn't expire until the summer of 2012 having signed a 5 year contract in 2007.
Tony J Williams
21   Posted 13/08/2010 at 13:57:31

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Ryan, was that 5 whole years or 5 seasons...... Shiiiiiit, here we go again!
David Parks
22   Posted 13/08/2010 at 15:20:01

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The Toffeeweb stats say its next summer?!

Aiyegbeni Yakubu June 2011; Back after his World Cup disappiontment >21
Brendan O'Doherty
23   Posted 13/08/2010 at 19:33:07

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Watching DM on SSN today, where he confirmed the 1st bid for the Yak was £6m and the 2nd one £5m, I would say that reading between the lines he is definitely prepared to sell if the price is right.

So he must have a plan on how to spend the fee.

Watch this space! (sorry).

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