Could unwanted £10m Arsenal star make sensational return to former club?

Could Mikel Arteta become an Everton player again?

Last week saw Arsenal midfielder and regular captain Mikel Arteta celebrate his 32nd birthday. Well we say celebrate.

Arsenal offered fans the chance to send their best wishes the Spaniard’s way in light of the occasion - but unfortunately for Mikel many of the fans took it upon themselves to send him rather unwelcome messages.

It appears that many fans have lost patience with the former Everton man - signed in 2011 for a reported fee of £10 million.

His style of play - a slow, patient and controlled pattern of midfield holding has become unpopular with the Gunners faithful - who are harking back to the days of old, when Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit charged from box-to-box dominating the Premier League.

Many an Arsenal fan would therefore happily see Arteta sold this summer - but where could he go?

Well there is certainly scope for him to go back to the club he left for North London.

Arteta spent a good six years on Merseyside and became a pivotal figure of the side during that time period.

When he left, the move was certainly not begrudged by many Toffees fans and most would be more than happy to welcome him back to Goodison Park.

There may also be space for him. Gareth Barry is only on loan from Manchester City and has been impressive this term.

But his contract expires in the summer and a whole host of clubs are said to be keeping tabs on his future - including those from far flung corners of the globe.

Arteta would fill his void perfectly. His passing style and tackling proficiency would act as a great springboard for the marauding James McCarthy and Ross Barkley to play their own style of football.

A return for Arteta? It may just be one of the likeliest unlikely transfers of the summer.

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