Midfielder still harbours hope of playing for his country...
The midfield-heavy team managed to capitalise on an extra man following the sending off of Johnny Heitinga, as Andres Iniesta scored the only goal of the game - during extra time - to see the Spaniards lift the trophy for the first time in their history.
"I am proud and happy and I think all the Spanish are," Arteta told EvertonTV.
"The team has been terrific all tournament.
"They lost the first game [to Switzerland] but the way they have come back shows the character and how good the group of players is."
Dreams apart, the 28-year-old acknowledges that he has a steep climb uphill if he is to make his mark on the international stage.
"You saw how difficult it is to get a game," he added.
"Even [Cesc] Fabregas hasn't played a full game so you can see what good players we have in those positions. I understand that but obviously I would love to get in the team one day."