Wenger: Arsenal star similar to Spurs legend

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Arsene Wenger has praised the impact of Santi Cazorla since his summer arrival at Arsenal – and likened him to Tottenham icon Glen Hoddle.

The Spaniard has taken to life in the Premier League straight away following his summer arrival at the Emirates Stadium, and scored a stunning goal to wrap up a 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Blessed with the ability to play the ball with both feet, Wenger revealed he can only recall one player who could do the same things as the 27-year-old playmaker.

"Cazorla is right-footed, but when you watch him play you don't know," he said. Hoddle was like that - left-footed, right-footed, you could not say what he was. I don't remember anyone else I have worked with who was so two-footed."

He added of Cazorla’s superb 20-yard strike: "It was a delight, what he did on the pitch.

"It was a demonstration and I hope every young footballer in England watches him."

The win over West Ham moves Arsenal up to 7th in the Premier League, seven points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker made his return to action having been dropped for the Gunners 2-1 defeat against Chelsea last weekend, and while he was happy with his side’s performance, the German admits Arsenal have some work to do at the back in order to keep their title hopes alive.

"We have to develop our defensive line, especially after last season when we conceded a lot," he conceded.

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