Santi Cazorla is a delight to watch, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger hails the "fantastic" influence of Santi Cazorla after playmaker helps Arsenal to victory at West Ham United

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

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Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for Santi Cazorla after the Arsenal new-boy helped inspire the Gunners to victory at West Ham on Saturday.

The Hammers took the lead in the 21st minute when Mohamed Diame curled his shot past Vito Mannone – but Olivier Giroud’s first Premier League goal levelled the tie before half-time.

Second-half substitute Walcott then put the visitors in front with a cool finish, before Cazorla’s brilliant left-footed long-range strike secured the win for the north Londoners.

Reflecting on Cazorla’s display, Wenger said: “I think he was overall a delight to watch, from the first to the last minute today. He was very influential in our team and it’s fantastic to watch him play.”

Wenger admitted it was crucial Arsenal responded to their 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea last weekend by returning to winning ways with victory against Sam Allardyce’s side.

“It was important for us to respond well and after our defeat against Chelsea,” said Wenger. “We won against Olympiacos on Wednesday night. We had a difficult game three days later and we knew today a draw was not good enough for us. We went for it.”

Wenger also praised Giroud after the striker netted his first league goal for the Gunners.

“In similar situations he nearly scored like that against Olympiacos on Wednesday night,” he continued. “He was good today. He had the physical presence and scored the goal. That will help him a lot I think to adapt very quickly.”

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