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Everton boss Moyes hails Arteta for Arsenal leadership

Everton manager David Moyes has praised former midfielder Mikel Arteta for the way he has slotted in to the Arsenal squad.

The Spaniard joined the Gunners from Goddison Park in the summer of 2011 and has since become a key leader for Arsene Wenger which has not gone unnoticed by the Toffees boss.

"I'm not surprised (he has become such a leader). He is a very gifted footballer, he is a great lad to work with," Moyes told reporters ahead of Everton's home meeting with Arsenal on Wednesday night.

"I think the manager was probably surprised what he offers: he is a great professional, a really good footballer and I'll be delighted to see him back - just disappointed it is in an Arsenal jersey.

"I see Mikel now and when they are having a bit of a huddle he is the one who is the leader and I think they look to him, he has taken on a lot of the leadership qualities in that side."

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