Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger amazed by ‘outstanding’ Santi Cazorla

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praises Santi Cazorla following the Spanish midfielder's "outstanding" first season in England

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

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Arsene Wenger has heaped more praise on Santi Cazorla following the Spanish midfielder’s “outstanding” first season in England with Arsenal.

Cazorla has been one of the Gunners’ top performers this term since swapping Malaga for north London back in August, and already has 11 goals to his name in all competitions.

The 28-year-old, who has also made nine assists, netted both of the Gunners’ goals as Wenger’s men defeated Aston Villa 2-1 at Emirates Stadium last weekend.

“Where he stands out is his outstanding technical talent,” Wenger told Arsenal Player ahead of Sunday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane.

“Where he is absolutely fantastic as well is his love for the game. He loves football.

“I believe that this season, for a first season in England, he has been absolutely outstanding.”

Wenger believes that Cazorla’s ability to use both feet has helped him put in some impressive performances for Arsenal.

The Frenchman added: “His low centre of gravity and change of direction makes him a little bit like Jack [Wilshere]. Both of them have that extreme quality that can destabilise any opponent.

“He is so ambidextrous. I know that he is right-footed but you don’t see a real difference between right and left.

“I would say for a midfielder, it is absolutely vital to be ambidextrous today. In the education, that is something for the midfielders that we have to make absolutely compulsory at a very young age now.

“He plays a bit higher up with freedom. Maybe when you get older, you become a bit more efficient. You realise that when you have so much talent, you’re always tempted to do the little trick.

“When you have more experience, you realise that what is important is to be efficient with the talent you have.”

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