Santi Cazorla: Man City’s David Silva helped convince me to join Arsenal

Santi Cazorla reveals that Manchester City's David Silva played a part in convincing him to join Arsenal from Malaga this summer

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

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Santi Cazorla has revealed that he spoke with Manchester City midfielder David Silva before deciding to move to Arsenal from Malaga this summer.

The 27-year-old playmaker has won many new admirers since his summer switch, producing a number of eye-catching displays for Arsene Wenger’s men and slotting into the Gunners’ first-team with ease.

The Spain international says he sought his compatriot’s advice before sealing his switch to north London and is convinced he made the right decision.

“I spoke with Silva before I came here and he said I would enjoy everything about the Premier League,” Cazorla told the Daily Mirror.

“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 also spoke to former Arsenal star Robert Pires, who was a former team-mate of his at Villarreal, and the ex-France midfielder spoke glowingly of the north London club.

“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,” Cazorla continued.

“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.”

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