Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cazorla: Wenger has put me in a position with all the freedom I want to have.

By Mugais Jahangir.

Santi Cazorla in an interview with El Pais revealed how he has been enjoying the freedom under Arsene Wenger. The Spaniard also thanked Mikel Arteta for helping him settling in and understanding the new challenge of English football.
"I love the style of the team. Wenger's philosophy is to control the game and I like to be on the ball. Furthermore, the boss has put me in a position, second striker, with all the freedom I want to have.
He told me to be at ease and that he'd play me where I could most help the team. It surprised me in pre-season when he put me as the second striker. 
I've come to play on the wings with the freedom to move inside, but Wenger has immediately put me in this position. With Arteta, Diaby, Rosicky and Wilshere, who is recovering from injury, we’re going to have a lot of the ball.
Arteta has advised me a lot, he told me football is much faster and less tactical than Spain. It's more give-and-go.
Mikel has helped me to learn to see the game and said that if we play rapidly with the ball we're going to create a lot of danger and we'll beat most teams.
Wenger wants him [Arteta] now as a defensive pivote and he's doing it very well. He gives real balance and he can win the ball back and play it out because with the ball he's spectacular."
Cazorla is becoming Arsenal's main force in the midfield. He looks as though he has been playing for Arsenal for a long time. Wenger acknowledges this fact. Arsene Wenger believes that Cazorla is not the type of player who would take 6 months to settle:
"We saw very quickly that Cazorla was not going to take six months to settle, and we know Podolski is deadly when he gets a chance.
There's quality and a fight for places in our midfield. Wilshere's looking very good in training. It's encouraging. It's early and football often offers lessons in humility but I'm confident we have good potential."
Former Arsenal player, Martin Keown believes that Cazorla is even better than Fabregas:
"Arsene Wenger has seen a few creative players leave in the past year but he has a new jewel in the crown in Santi Cazorla.
The Spaniard looks a fantastic talent and his class is there for everyone to see straight away.
He is Liam Brady and Cesc Fabregas rolled into one: he has Brady's shooting ability and Fabregas's vision. He's better than Fabregas with the ball too - he moves it so quickly, which is shown by the fact he's had more touches in the opposition half than any player so far this season."


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