Santi Cazorla: Arsenal need signings like Alexis Sánchez to challenge

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla hails Alexis Sánchez as a "top signing" and promised to help the Chilean settle

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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla Photo: Back Page Images

Santi Cazorla believes “top signings” like Alexis Sánchez will help Arsenal compete with Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Chile international signed a long-term deal with the north London side on Thursday after the Gunners agreed a reported £35m deal with Barcelona last week.

Arsenal need to sign players like Alexis for a stronger team. I am happy for Alexis

Santi Cazorla

Sánchez, who was heavily linked with Liverpool before opting to move to The Emirates, helped the Catalan side win the La Liga crown in 2013.

And Cazorla is thrilled to see Arsenal snap up a player of Sánchez’s calibre as the Gunners aim to improve on their fourth-place finish last term.

“He is a very good player. He is a great signing for the club. I am very happy for him and the club,” Cazorla told Arsenal’s website.

“It is important because the other teams for example Chelsea and Manchester City sign good players. Arsenal need to sign players like Alexis for a stronger team. I am happy for Alexis.”

Cazorla came up against Sánchez as 2010 World Cup winners Spain suffered a surprise 2-0 loss to Chile in Brazil last month.

But the Arsenal midfielder is holding no grudges and promised to help Spanish-speaking Sánchez feel at home in north London in the coming season.

“I like him. He has played a long time for Barcelona and for me he is a top player. We can enjoy him on the pitch,” Cazorla continued.

“I will help him in the dressing room and with team-mates.”

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