Could this Arsenal star reunite with David Moyes at Real Sociedad?

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David Moyes' appointment at Real Sociedad has sparked ruours of a move for Mikel Arteta.

It's taken some time, but David Moyes is finally set to return to football this week.

The Scot, who was sacked by Manchester United in April after less than a year at Old Trafford, has been out of work ever since, but looks set to be confirmed as Sociedad boss on Thursday after the sacking of Jagoba Arrasate.

Moyes inherits a squad with some promising players such as Inigo Martinez, Esteban Granero, Sergio Canales, Xabi Prieto and Carlos Vela, but he may need to add new faces in January, with Sociedad picking up just nine points from the first 11 games of the season.

There should be money to spend for Moyes, and it would be little surprise to see make a bid for Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta.

The 32-year-old started his career with Barcelona before moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Glasgow Rangers, but he returned to Spain in 2004 in order to join Real Sociedad.

After only 15 appearances, Arteta signed for Everton, initially on loan, and became a key part of David Moyes' midfield with the Toffees, playing over 200 games for the club before his 2011 switch to Arsenal.

Despite being a great servant to the Gunners over the last three years, Arsenal fans are keen to see the Spaniard replaced by a younger, more athletic defensive midfielder.

A San Sebastian native, a move back to the Anoeta could be a good switch for all parties involved, particularly given how important he has been to Moyes before.

He did pen a new one-year contract in September, meaning he will stay in North London until 2016, but that felt like more of an insurance policy to make sure that he didn't leave the club for nothing in the summer.

Instead, Arsenal could instead make some money out of their experienced midfielder by handing him a reunion with Moyes and a return to the Basque county - whilst freeing up a space for Arsene Wenger to bring in another midfielder.

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