Great interview of Santi Cazorla by John Cross in today’s Daily Mirror. In the interview, Cazorla says that he spoke to Manchester City midfielder David Silva in the summer and that Silva urged hi, to go on an “English adventure”.
“I spoke with Silva before I came here and he said I would enjoy everything about the Premier League,” said the midfielder.
“He’s won the title with Manchester City and said I’d enjoy the football and the respect between players, which is different to Spain.
“I’m very much at ease, so I’m glad I came. He gave me an introduction to the adventure of English football.”
Cazorla, an inch shorter than Silva at 5ft 6in, is also proving size does not matter in the top flight.
“Nowadays, I don’t think size is seen as that much of a problem,” said Cazorla, a £15million buy from Malaga in August. “Years ago it was when size was rated above technical ability and skill.
“But I think there’s been a change now. Messi and Iniesta show small players are good enough.”
Cazorla also thanks former Villarreal team-mate Robert Pires for helping him decide to come to north London.
“When the interest began with Arsenal, Robert told me not to think twice, that I’d enjoy it, that it was the perfect club for me, that Arsenal has aspirations to win the title and go far.
“Everything so far has been true and I’m very happy here. I feel very at home, I am getting used to daily life in England, which is so different from Spain.
“It helps having Mikel Arteta here, he’s supported me a lot, and I’d like to thank the Arsenal players for giving me such a warm welcome.
“The team has done very well. I don’t think we deserved to lose against Chelsea, we deserved at least a point.
“But I think we’ve proved we’re capable of fighting teams like Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea. There’s a big future for us.”