Arsenal club manager, Arsene Wenger has released a statement via the club’s official website clearly saying that Arsenal midfielder Legend Robert Pires recommended that he sign Spanish player Santi Cazorla.
Pires who must have remembered the kind of player Cazorla was when they played together at Villareal and who must have been monitoring the player was quick to mention him to Wenger to ensure that he acquires the player from Malaga and Wenger who is a manager that respects players opinion and strategies decided to listen and bring in the midfielder to the Emirates in 2012.
Wenger admitted that he had been watching Cazorla for a while too but was pushed by Pires’ promptings to sign the player.
Wenger said, “I think I first saw him when he was about 20 or 21. He was not a regular player, but in some games we watched you could see he had talent”
“After that Robert Pires moved to Villarreal and played with him. Sometimes I asked Robert, ‘Are there any good players there?’
“He said to me straight away, ‘Cazorla is a fantastic player’. So Robert was a scout for me! He at least confirmed the impression I already had about Santi.”
Santi Cazorla has since then been a formidable force in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield. He has contributed 28 chances in the English Premiership and has an impressive 91% pass accuracy and 50% shot accuracy also in the English League this season alone.
Cazorla has been a committed player for Arsenal and has performed for the team in not more than five positions in the midfield as he has played in both wings and in attacking midfield, central midfield and even defensive midfield when needed and has done fantastic in all positions creating room for other players to fit into the team.
He has of recent been playing at central midfield and has been pairing with defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin and was very instrumental to Arsenal’s 3-0 victory against Manchester United last weekend.
He is undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s best buy in recent times and Arsenal fans will be hoping he can do enough to ensure the team wins the much awaited Premiership trophy.