Thierry Henry: Why this playmaker is the brain of the Arsenal team
Thierry Henry has been very impressed by Santi Cazorla this season...
Thierry Henry has heaped praise on Santi Cazorla, describing the Spanish playmaker as the “brain” of the Arsenal team this season.
The Spanish midfielder has been a regular fixture in Arsene Wenger’s first team this season and has been in fine form to help the north London side move up to second place in the Premier League table and level on points with leaders Manchester City.
The 30-year-old has notched up three assists in his 10 top-flight appearances for the Gunners so far this season.
And former Arsenal striker Henry admits that he has been thoroughly impressed by what he has seen from Cazorla in recent weeks.
Henry told Sky Sports: “I watch a show with my kid – Little Einstein. This is him – Santi Cazorla is Little Einstein.
“Like I said with Payet at West Ham, he’s the brain of the team. He makes that team tick. Because he makes that team tick and he always makes those passes through, it means Ozil can stay higher up the pitch in between the line of the midfield and the opposition defence, because he knows Cazorla is going to find him.
“Because Cazorla is controlling the game so much and making the game tick, [Mesut] Ozil doesn’t have to drop deep. He does exactly what David Silva does for Manchester City.”
Cazorla will be expecting to feature when Arsenal return to Premier League action with a trip to Swansea City in the top flight on Saturday afternoon.
Wenger’s men were 2-1 winners over Everton in their most recent outing at Emirates Stadium.