Mirallas Says He Choose Everton Over Arsenal by AM
Everton’s latest signing Kevin Mirallas has revealed that he rejected Arsenal in favour of Everton to gain more playing time. The former Olympiakos forward confirmed few days back that Arsenal were after him. Back then he said –
‘There is still a chance I will move to the Premier League.’
‘My agent is having talks with Arsenal, those rumours are true.’
‘Only Olympiacos is in the way. They want £6 million and not a penny less. But if the move doesn’t come through, I am happy to stay in Athens.’
He was then asked if a deal may happen, to which he replied:
‘Yes, it’s good. Thomas plays very good at Arsenal and now a lot of Belgian players are in the Premier League.’
‘(Moving to England) It’s good for me, it’s good for my family and it’s a good opportunity, but I don’t know…it’s possible.’
But it seems like Mirallas chose Everton since he wasn’t sure of getting into the starting eleven of the Arsenal squad. He also said that Marouane Fellaini also convinced him to join the Merseyside club. Mirallas said to the press –
“Discussions (with Arsenal) were at quite an advanced stage, but it was totally down to me to make the decision. From the word go, I was impressed with how much the manager wanted me here.
“What’s important to me is to get plenty of time on the field. I think I will get the opportunity to play more games and more minutes with Everton. Obviously Marouane was a factor too. He told me Everton was a big club with a family spirit around the place.
“Not only did he help me coming here, but he’ll help me settle in. It’s nice to have a fellow countryman around the place.”