Ahead of him (Arteta) in the pecking order are, among others, Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal and Barcelona’s gifted technician Xavi. But Aragones has not ruled Arteta out of the reckoning whatsoever.
“That means it will be very tough for him, so he must keep improving. I think he knows this,” he added. “But he is at a good club. Everton are a big club, a massive club. There is no doubt about that. They have won lots of titles.
“I have a good friend in Spain who is an Everton fan and he is always telling me about them. Liverpool is a proud football city but whenever it comes to a choice in my affections, I choose Everton.
I may well be supporting Spain tonight on the back of that (for one night only ).
Edited by mikeo, 07 Feb 2007 - 13:47.