DONE DEAL: Arsenal Complete Signing Of Spanish International Santi Cazorla

Cazorla completes Gunners switch.

Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Spain international Santi Cazorla has joined the Club on a long-term contract.

Santi Cazorla – full name Santiago Cazorla González – joins Arsenal for an undisclosed fee from Malaga. He was a key part of the Malaga side which finished fourth in La Liga last season, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.

Cazorla, a versatile 27-year-old attacking midfielder, has made a total of 45 appearances for Spain and was a member of his country’s victorious squads at the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

Before joining Malaga in 2011, Cazorla spent two spells at Villarreal, making 181 appearances and helping ‘the Yellow Submarine’ finish runners-up in La Liga in 2008. In between these spells, he spent
the 2006/07 season in La Liga on loan at Recreativo. Cazorla spent the early part of his career at youth level with Spanish side Oviedo.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said: “Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad.

“He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. He has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal Football Club.
We are delighted that he is joining us.”

SOURCE: Arsenal’s Official Wesbsite

Arsenal have finally confirmed that Santi Cazorla has joined the club from cash-strapped Malaga, for a fee believed to be in the of £18.5 million.

Gunners fans can now turn their attentions to wondering where the Spaniard will fit in at the Emirates. Certainly he is not a replacement for want-away striker Robin van Persie; Cazorla can operate as a forward but has never been a prolific goal-scorer. Last season, he scored nine times for fourth-place Malaga but four were direct free-kicks.

Cazorla has often been described as a winger and, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger points out, he can operate from either flank. However, rather than directly replacing outgoing wide-man Andrei Arshavin, the 27-year-old is set to belatedly fill the gap left by his compatriot Cesc Fabregas, who joined Barcelona last summer.

Indeed, it was rumoured that Wenger was interested in signing Cazorla last summer – before he joined Malaga from Villareal – as a like-for-like replacement for his former captain. Rather than playing him on the wing, Spain have often utilised Cazorla as a replacement for central midfield metronome Xavi and, with Jack Wilshere out until October, it is likely that Cazorla will start his Arsenal career in a central midfield role.

He is likely to set to tempo for the Gunners and pull the strings, while the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain use their pace to terrify defences from wide areas.

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