Last minute swoops as transfer window shuts

Arsenal have completed a sensational last-minute swoop for Mikel Arteta as the transfer window slammed shut.

The Gunners looked to have missed out on Arteta early on Wednesday evening after Everton rejected a bid for their star midfielder.

But Arteta reportedly forced the issue and Arsenal looked to have reached an agreement with their Barclays Premier League rivals before the 11pm deadline, revealing they had signed the 29-year-old on a four-year contract.

Meanwhile, Chelsea succeeded in another raid of Liverpool after completing the signing of Raul Meireles with minutes of the transfer window remaining.

In an echo of Fernando Torres' £50 million January switch, the Blues left it until just before the deadline to complete a deal for Meireles.

Like Torres, the midfielder submitted a written transfer request on Wednesday night, with Liverpool also agreeing a fee with Chelsea reportedly in the region of £12 million.