Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla vows to improve next season

Santi Cazorla, voted Arsenal's player of the season, is determined to improve on an impressive campaign next term

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

Santi Cazorla admitted his pride at being voted Arsenal’s player of the season by the club’s fans – and then vowed to step up his performances next term.

The Spain international, who joined the Gunners from Malaga last summer, scored 12 goals and made 14 assists as he earned 55.7 per cent of the votes in the supporters’ poll.

And the 28-year-old has been thrilled with the start he has made to his career in north London.

“I’m really happy about it, especially as it was my first season in England and it was very positive,” Cazorla told Arsenal’s website.

“The best thing about it is the fact the fans have voted for me, it makes me feel proud of my performances this season.

“From day one I have noticed a lot of kindness from them, from the people, the club, from everyone at Arsenal. It was something that really surprised me when I first arrived.

“Next season I will try to perform as well as I have done this year, but also improve. I will be even more at ease, knowing my team-mates and enjoying the manager’s confidence, and I will be more use to the team.”

Cazorla also believes that Arsenal’s impressive end-of-season run that saw them secure fourth place bodes well for the 2013-14 campaign.

“During the last few games the team played very well,” he continued.

“That is what we have to aim for next season, we need to be more consistent. It shows [how important it is] because this year we managed to get to fourth place.”

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