Arsenal’s Wenger: Don’t compare Cazorla to Fàbregas just yet

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says it is too early to compare Santi Cazorla to former Gunners captain Cesc Fàbregas

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Santi Cazorla joined Arsenal from Malaga this summer Photo: Back Page Images

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Arsene Wenger has heaped yet more praise on Arsenal new-boy Santi Cazorla – but insists comparisons to Cesc Fàbregas are premature.

Cazorla netted Arsenal’s second goal as the north Londoners beat West Ham United 3-1 at Upton Park on Saturday evening, with the Spaniard producing another eye-catching display.

The 27-year-old’s impressive start to life at The Emirates has led to comparisons to former Gunners captain Fàbregas – but Wenger believes it is too soon to link the two players.

“It is too early to say,” said Wenger. “Cesc played for five years in the Premier League.

“The early signs [with Cazorla] show how good Spain are because you see these kind of players and they don’t play regularly for Spain.”

Wenger says Cazorla’s ability to use both feet to the same effect has been one of the Spaniard’s main weapons in the English top flight this term.

“He is right footed but when you watch him play you don’t know. It shows how important that is in the modern midfield,” said Wenger.

“Right or left foot was always important, but we forget about it sometimes. Glenn Hoddle was like that – left-footed, right-footed, you could not say what he was.

“Cazorla is similar on that front. I don’t remember anyone else I have worked with who was as two-footed.”

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