The Gunners blocked a move to Everton before the transfer window closed despite his plea to the club to let him leave.
And the Merseyside club are planning to revive their interest in the New Year.
And not only that, Arteta played him in his preferred position in the middle of the park with Granit Xhaka suspended.
His performance alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga was encouraging as he broke up play on countless occasions and drove Arsenal forward in the other direction.
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