Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has been lavishing praise on reported Gunners target Santi Cazorla.
The Emirates Stadium club have been heavily linked with a move for the Spain international midfielder this week, after it was revealed his club Malaga were having serious financial problems.
Arteta was speaking at a press conference on Arsenal’s pres-season tour of Asia when he made the comments, and manager Arsene Wenger shared his sentiments.
However, the former Everton midfielder, who moved to the north London club in a £10million deal on transfer deadline day last summer, would not be drawn on the possibility of a deal.
“I cannot talk about the actual situation but I can say that I know him as a player really well,” he told reporters in Beijing.
“And he’s a top, top player. He has got unbelievable quality and talent and that is all I can say.”
Wenger was at the same press event and admitted to admiring the 27-year-old, but also refused to comment on the likelihood of a deal.
“I share the opinion of Mikel Arteta. Cazorla is a great player,” said the Frenchman.
Cazorla was reportedly one of four Malaga players threatening to make a complaint about unpaid wages last week.
The La Liga club are facing serious penalties, possibly relegation and being banned from the Champions League, if they do not resolve outstanding debt issues.
They may not be in a position to turn down the mooted £16million deal for the talented left-footed playmaker.