Santi Cazorla has joked that an 11 hour transatlantic flight might be in order for every game after his stunning display against Sp*rs at the weekend.
The Spaniard made one, scored one and was a constant threat to the marsh-dwellers as Arsenal won the game 5-2, and all that on the back of a midweek jaunt to Panama.
“A few of the players have said that I should go back and do the journey again, because it’s obviously helped my form!”, he said. “It was a long journey and a hard one, but I was able to rest and I feel good now.”
Alongside him in midfield was the fit again Jack Wilshere and Cazorla is looking forward to building his relationship further with the England international.
“Jack has a quality that everyone knows about, and he is a crucial player for us,” he said. “Every day, he gets better and playing with him gets easier every day, as he improves his level and finds his fitness again.
“We have to be patient but he will keep on improving. I am starting to understand Jack a little bit more but that is the same with all of my team-mates. We are getting better with every game.”
And Cazorla was made fully aware of the importance of Saturday’s game, so was happy for the fans as much as the team at the final whistle.
“Everyone had been explaining to me that we had to win,” he explained, “that it was a derby, that there is so much rivalry.
“The main thing is that the fans were able to enjoy themselves and that, by the end of the game, they could be quite comfortable.
“It’s beautiful the way they have been with me ever since I arrived. It means a lot. It makes me really happy that the fans show me so much affection. It’s lovely to hear.”