Arsenal have finally confirmed the capture of Malaga’s Santi Cazorla. Yeah actually.
The Spanish midfielder has penned a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee (surprise, surprise), with reports suggesting the 27-year-old has committed for four years in a deal worth anything between £12.5-16 million.
The two-time European Championship winner has joined Arsene Wenger’s squad on their pre-season fitness camp in Germany this week and could make his debut against Cologne on August 12. He follows Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud as the third signing of the summer and would definitely be the ugly one if they were a boyband.
Attack-minded and suited to playing on the wing or just behind the strikers, Cazorla is easily pigeonholed as an archetypal Wenger signing, sporting, as he does, the much vaunted qualities of pace, technical ability and a low centre of gravity.
Speaking about the capture of a player he has admired for some time, the boss remarked:
“Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad.
“He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. He has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal Football Club. We are delighted that he is joining us.”
Obviously delighted to escape the financial mire which has overshadowed his time in Malaga, Cazorla spoke with pride about sealing a move to the Emirates:
“I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal. This is a club with great players, a fantastic stadium and huge support.
“The Club has one of the best managers in football and their style of play is recognised and admired all over the world.
“I’m so excited to be joining one of the greatest teams in Europe and also in the Premier League. I will do my best to help Arsenal challenge for trophies and make all the supporters happy.”
Arseblog News welcomes Cazorla to Arsenal and prays he’s more Fabregas than Reyes in his willingness to adapt to London life.