New Arsenal signing Santi Cazorla has revealed that former-Gunners Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas helped convince him to join the north London club.

The Spain international signed from La Liga club Malaga earlier this week for a fee reported to be £12m, and the former-Villarreal midfielder has already spoken of his desire to win trophies at the Emirates Stadium.

But Arsenal fans have Fabregas and Pires to thank for persuading Cazorla to join the Gunners.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Cazorla said: "I have spoken to Robert Pires because he played with me at Villarreal. Obviously he knew about the rumours of me coming here and always encouraged me to sign.

"The same with Cesc Fabregas. He said this was a big club and that I was going to be very happy here, he said I would adapt easily. And I can feel that."

Cazorla also revealed the success of his countrymen, including Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina and David Silva, helped him to make his decision.

The signing of the Spanish winger takes Arsenal's total transfer spend above £30m this summer, with three weeks still to go until the transfer window shuts.

Bringing Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Cazorla into the club means Arsenal should be significantly stronger next season, and with Jack Wilshere hoping to return to action by October, the Gunners will be hopeful of mounting a title challenge.

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