When Santi Cazorla first heard about the interest from Arsenal this summer, he was flattered but wanted some advice about the wisdom of the move. His team mate at Villareal before he moved to Malaga was the one and only Robert Pires, so who better to call.
“Robert told me not to think twice, that I’d enjoy it, that it’s the perfect club for me, that Arsenal has aspirations to win the title and go far.
“Everything so far has been true and I’m very happy here.”
The Arsenal fans and players are very happy to have him here as well and have made the little Spaniard amazingly welcome. We have finally found the player who can fill the hole left by the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. Cazorla does not want to be compared to Fabregas, however, because he feels they have very different styles and he wants to make his own mark.
One player he does want to emulate is his international team mate David Silva. The two are similar in stature and playing styles, and Cazorla wants to add another similarity, silverware. Silva was another player who Cazorla contacted about his possible move to England.
“I spoke with Silva before the move and he said I would enjoy everything about the Premier league.
“He’s won the title with Manchester City and said I’d enjoy the football and the respect between the players, which is different to Spain.
“I’m very much at ease, so I’m glad I came. He gave me an introduction to the adventure of English football.”
You can tell by his face when playing, that Cazorla loves being a Gunner and he has been fantastic ever since donning the shirt. He has great confidence that Arsenal are good enough to win things, although he is aware that there must be no slip ups today.
Cazorla also told the Mirror that Arsene Wenger is like a father figure to the team and all the players have an enormous respect for him, and that the spirit at the club is similar to that in the national team of Spain. Let’s hope we can emulate their success too.