Everton have been handed a massive boost just one week before the start of the new Premier League season after midfield maestro Mikel Arteta agreed a new five-year contract with the club.
The 28-year-old Spaniard will now remain at Goodison Park until the end of the 2014-15 campaign and becomes the fifth player to agree new terms this summer, following in the footsteps of Tim Cahill, Seamus Coleman, Jack Rodwell and Leighton Baines.
Arteta told the club's official website:"What this summer has made me realise is how important I am to the club and how important the club is to me.
"The chairman and the manager wanted me to stay 120 per cent and that makes me feel proud. We are all seeing the club and the future in the same way and that is special – something that you don't always find.
"I believe in this squad. We have got a very strong squad now and it is getting difficult to pick an 11 because of the players we have. Something is happening here and I want to be a part of it."
Arteta has been with the club since January 2005, scoring 30 times in 173 appearances for the Toffees.