Mikel Arteta is unsure of the welcome he will be granted by Everton fans when he returns tonight.
The Spanish midfielder will be in an Arsenal squad seeking a sixth Premier League victory in a row – and even though Arteta will be plotting the Blues’ downfall, he hopes to receive a warm welcome from the fans who adored him during his six-and-a-half years as a Toffees star.
“I really can’t wait to go there,” he explained.
“And I hope I’ll get a good reception because I gave Everton everything I had in my time there and I love the club.
“Everyone there was great to me and, even though I left, hopefully people understood.
“There’s no reason for any of us to be unhappy with each other.”