He’s every bit the little magician isn’t he? The diminutive, two-footed schemer who has an eye for a pass and great movement off the ball. Would it be a disservice to also call him a battler? I don’t think so because it is the greatest compliment for a player of his type. Quite often similar players like the Mata’s, Modric’s and the Silva’s don’t have that ethic to their game.
Santi is much more than the sum of his parts. He seems to love the game and he competes like a lion. Running across every patch of grass with every bit of energy he has it’s clear he cares about performing for Arsenal. In a footballing landscape where we are left wondering if the players care or not, Santi Cazorla seems to swim against the tide. A professional like him can do wonders for the club. The kids coming through will see his work-rate and realise that is what they have to do to compete at the top level of football.
In Santi and Jack Wilshire we have two of the most dynamic, direct midfielders in Europe. It is easy to get wrapped up in this season and the lows we have suffered, but if ever there was a light at the end of the tunnel, then it has to come from their burgeoning partnership. We saw it against Bayern, they can play against anyone.
Arsène seems to have an eye for a mobile, creative midfielder and he’s had quite a lot of success with them in the past with Arsenal. In recent years of course we have snagged Fabregas, Nasri, Hleb, Reyes, Merida, Cazorla, Overmars, Ljungberg, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Bellerin (converted from right-midfielder to right-back at Arsenal) and Jon Toral. All players with extremely good technical skill, mobility and class. Of the above, there are clear, stand-out successes and some unfulfilled promise. The hit-ratio for success is good though and that is down to the excellent academies and grass roots footballing education the players get in Europe. How long until the UK catches up? Will it ever? Wilshire and Walcott are blazing a path, Henderson and Oxlade-Chamberlain are showing that we do have technical, quality players so the future of the England team looks promising too.
Back to Santi Cazorla though, his career has always been on the upward curve, he has consistently improved as a player each season and even achieved the Spanish Player of the Year award in 2007 – no mean feat considering the competition. Santi is an absolute epitomy of an Arsène Wenger player. Class on the pitch, class off of it.
He is rapidly becoming a fan favourite at Arsenal and we are fortunate to have him. Bring on the Villains!