Santi Cazorla has been speaking this week about how Arsenal is the perfect Premier league team for him because of the fluent, passing football. It is a similar style to that played by the Spanish national team and many of the teams in Spain’s Primera Liga. Cazorla says it suits his type of football perfectly, and Arsenal fans would not disagree, as the Spaniard fitted instantly into the Gunners team, and has forged a devastating midfield with Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and all.
Santi would not have had to find an English team playing a Spanish style of football, however, if Jose Mourinho had decided to accept the offer of Malaga to sell him and the youngster Isco to Real Madrid. Mundo Deportivo reports that both players were offered to the Spanish giants for €35 million a year ago. The Andalusian club were starting to struggle with finance after their new owners seemed to get bored of their new toy and stop paying the bills.
Luckily for Arsenal, the `special one` did not go for the deal, choosing instead to spend more than that on just one midfielder, Luka Modric from Tottenham. The Portuguese coach must be kicking himself now, as Cazorla is sparkling in the Premier league and Isco is one of the star performers in La Liga this season. Modric, who cost at least €40 million, is in a close race with Alex Song to be the worst signing of the year in the Spanish league.
So thanks Jose, maybe you’re not so special after all.