Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere sings Santi Cazorla’s praises

Jack Wilshere heaps praise on Santi Cazorla for the impact the Spaniard had during his first season at Arsenal

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

Jack Wilshere has heaped praise on Santi Cazorla for the impact the Spaniard had during his first season at Arsenal.

The 28-year-old, who joined from Malaga last summer, was one of the Gunners’ standout performers and featured in all of Arsenal’s Premier League games last term.

The Spain international scored 12 league goals and made 11 assists for the north Londoners before being named the club’s player of the season.

Wilshere singled out Cazorla for special praise and is hoping to continue developing a midfield partnership with the playmaker next term.

“Last season was Santi’s first in the Premier League and he adapted brilliantly,” Wilshere told ESPN.

“He was probably our best player last year, but he and I are still learning each other’s games.

“I think we work best when I’m sitting deeper and he’s playing ahead of me like Cesc [Fabregas] did during our first season together.

“But Cesc is a different type of player from Santi. Cesc would pick up the ball deep while Santi likes to play in tight spaces.

“But Santi and I are developing a good rapport and I think it’ll get even better this season.”

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