IT’S FAB TO SIGN FOR ARS CLAIMS SANTI Ca­zorla wanted to fol­low in Cesc’s foot­steps

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 9 -

SPAIN star Santi Ca­zorla has re­vealed he de­cided to join Ar­se­nal af­ter get­ting the thumbs-up from Cesc Fabre­gas.

The Gun­ners landed the winger, 27, from Malaga, whose cash prob­lems forced them to ac­cept just £12mil­lion.

Ca­zorla opted for a new life in Lon­don af­ter con­sult­ing with Fabre­gas, who left the Emi­rates a year ago to join Barcelona, and an­other ex-Gun­ner, Robert Pires.

He said: “I spoke to Robert Pires be­cause he played with me at Vil­lar­real.

“Ob­vi­ously he knew about the ru­mours of me com­ing here and al­ways en­cour­aged me to sign.

“He told me it was a very good club and I was go­ing to en­joy the city and the move.

“It was the same with Cesc Fabre­gas. He said this was a big club and that I was go­ing to be very happy here. He said I would adapt eas­ily, and I can feel that.”

Sup­port

“I’m so happy to be join­ing Ar­se­nal. This is a club with great play­ers, a fan­tas­tic sta­dium and huge sup­port.

“The club has one of the best man­agers in football and their style of play is known and ad­mired ev­ery­where.

“I will do my best to help Ar­se­nal chal­lenge for tro­phies and make all the sup­port­ers happy.”

Spain are the undis­puted kings of world football right now so no won­der Premier League clubs are try­ing to sign their stars.

Ca­zorla was keen to make the same im­pact as David Silva at Manch­ester City, Liver­pool’s Pepe Reina and Juan Mata at Chelsea.

And if he couldn’t do that he could at least be as well paid as Fer­nando Tor­res.

He added: “It is clear that there are play­ers like Silva, Mata, Tor­res and Reina who have been here a long time, so I also talked to them.

“They have told me that it is great to play in the Premier League, they told me how the games are in Eng­land.

“They say it is dif­fer­ent to Spain and that is true. You see Span­ish play­ers do­ing well here and that in­spires you to come here.

Qual­ity

“They have set an ex­am­ple and I hope I will adapt to the league as well as they have.”

Boss Arsene Wenger was con­fi­dent he would fit in straight away.

“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,” Wenger said.

“He is a ver­sa­tile, at­tack­ing mid­field player who can play com­fort­ably on ei­ther side of the pitch or cen­trally.”

GUN­NING FOR IT: Santi Ca­zorla says David Silva and Cesc Fabre­gas

are his rea­sons for join­ing Ar­se­nal

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