Despite the fact that Everton fell to Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg 2-0, Saturday was a day to be remembered for the Toffee faithful as Mikel Arteta inked a new deal to keep him at Goodison Park through 2015.
Earlier this summer, the deal seemed sealed after the 28-year old midfielder reportedly expressed a desire to stay with the club that helped shepherd him back to recovery from a severe knee injury. However, over the following months, Arteta was said to be linked with Manchester City (of course), Arsenal and La Liga side Barcelona.
In February of 2009, Arteta went down with a torn ACL. He returned to Merseyside in January of this year and helped Everton to an impressive 10-4-2 run in his matches, scoring six goals.
The Spaniard becomes the fifth Evertonian to sign a long-term deal this summer along with Tim Cahill, Jack Rodwell, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.
Now all eyes will turn to winger Steven Pienaar, who earned the Player of the Season award following an exceptionally strong 2009-10 campaign. The South African is in the final year of his contract, and has been surrounded by transfer rumors for months.