Wenger: ‘Cazorla could be the buy of the season’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on new signing Santi Cazorla after his performance in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland.

The Spaniard made his Premier League debut on Saturday and put in a man of the match performance which will have delighted most Gooners up and down the country.

Cazorla joined the club from Malaga for a fee believed to be in between £12-£15m and has already impressed fans and teammates alike with his displays in matches and in training.

He seems like the Gunners natural replacement to former captain Cesc Fabregas, and looks as if he could be a real hit in the Premier League this season.

His manager was just one of many who was full of nice things to say about the Euro 2012 winner.

“He played very well and looks like he could be one of the buys of the season,” said Wenger.

“He has everything you want in the game. He can play short, he can play long, on the right or left, he can play the final ball and works hard as well. He is a fighter so it is very positive for us.
“[He settled quickly and] that shows people who say you need to play a long time together. Great players do not need a long time [to settle].”

As good as he was against Sunderland, it will be interesting to see just how good Cazorla is at rugby when Arsenal travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City in their next league game on Sunday.

Matt Cotton


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