Mikky Arteta hasn't been the same player since his bad injury at The Skunks, which also caused him to miss the 2009 Cup Final. But ironically his best game when he returned was in a satisfying win at the same Newcastle ground last season. He had a terrific match and looked much more like the player we all know he can be. Unfortunately, though, he couldn't maintain consistency.
By the end of last season there were mutterings he had lost interest and wanted to return to Spain because his son was ill and he felt he could recover better if nearer to his family. Transfer rumours were rife, especially concerning Atletico Madrid. Now it looks as though he is likely to still be here next season.
This is good news if he can recapture his best form. The thought of an on-song centre midfield trio of Fellaini-Arteta-Rodwell is enough to revive memories of great former midfields at the Old Lady. It will give pause for thought at a lot of other clubs facing them too. At their best these three are a match for anyone.
Mikky has given us some tremendous memories, chief of all being that marvellous goal against Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup, his last derby match goal and the last minute equaliser against the Mancs. All we ask is that he rediscovers his best from somewhere and shows us just how great he can be.
Many Evertonians love Mikky but still feel that he owes us a good season after the club and the fans stood by him during the bad injury times. So what could be better than a refreshed Mikky firing on all cylinders again and giving us one last great show before he goes home to settle down in Spain.
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