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Everton midfielder Arteta happy with return to form

Mikel Arteta
Arteta's last goal came against Hull in Everton's 2-0 win last January

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta says he was delighted see the Toffees return to form following their 5-1 win over Hull City on Sunday.

"We played some terrific football today," Arteta told BBC Radio Merseyside after securing the Blues' sixth successive league win at home.

"We wanted to get back from both defeats last week and we have. We scored a few goals and I'm delighted.

"I've been out for a long time and I was expected to score a few goals."

Everton sit in eighth place and have now closed the gap on the Europa League places.

The Spaniard praised defender John Heitinga who played along side him in midfield during the victory over the Tigers at Goodison Park.

"I had more freedom today to go forward as we were playing Johnny behind me. So the manager wanted me to go forward and play closer to the strikers and have more chances and influence in attack," he said.

"I tried to do that and I scored a few, created a few chances for the lads and we scored a few goals.

"He [Heitinga] is comfortable on the ball and he can hit long passes as well and he is defensively really comfortable. That gives me Steven Pienaar and Jack Rodwell when he came on me freedom to run up and get forward."

The midfielder, who only returned to action last month following a cruciate ligament injury, was also pleased defender Phil Jagielka started his first game of the season following a similar knee problem.

"I'm so happy for Jags to get back into the team. I think he played really well after being out for so long with injuries."

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