Arsenal’s Spanish magician Santi Cazorla has revealed that Arsene Wenger is the man who convinced him to sign for us in 2012, after telling the midfielder that he’ll have a chance of Premier League success with us, he told the Mirror.
Cazorla’s arrival was symbolic, and while he didn’t arrive with the hefty price-tags of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, his undoubted quality and experience suggested a shift in policy at the club.
The former Malaga man hasn’t failed to deliver either, and is now the linchpin of our team in a revolutionised position, operating alongside Francis Coquelin in a double-pivot role.
In the 30-year-old’s eyes, Wenger is one of the best managers he’s played under.
“Wenger is a big coach,” Cazorla stated.
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“I am at Arsenal because he convinced me he could improve my game and give me a chance of winning the Premier League. I am happy with my experience at Arsenal, and that’s true.
“I have worked with good coaches in my career and Wenger is special.”
Having played under Manuel Pellegrini, Vicente Del Bosque, and Luis Aragones, that is high praise from Cazorla, and it’s another illustration of how Wenger values his relationship with players.
As Cazorla stated however, winning the Premier League was the ambition when he came to us, and failure to realise that target will certainly see the Spaniard, who is a born winner, labelling his time at the club as unsatisfactory.
As a club, we are desperately close to achieving something special, which makes this close-season one of the most important in the last decade.
Having said that, we first have an FA Cup to win and a customary Cazorla goal at Wembley is certainly welcome.