Mikel Arteta hails impact of Santi Carzola

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Arsenal midfielder, Mikel Arteta has hailed his team-mate Santi Cazorla and has called him an outstanding footballer after impressing in his first year of English football.

In recent weeks, Cazorla has been used on the left-wing, instead of his natural central role and Arteta believes he has displayed why he is a top-class footballer because of how naturally he can adapt positions. 

The summer signing from Malaga has scored three goals in his last two Premier League games and scored two of those goals in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the weekend, which saw Arsenal close in on the teams above them.

The 28-year-old has now hit 11 goals this season for Arsenal and his Spanish team-mate Arteta, has said The Gunners' are lucky to have such a talented player at their disposal.

Arteta told Arsenal's official website: "I think he’s been outstanding, he’s played almost every game and is probably the only one [to have done that].

"The way he plays, he takes a lot of knocks and plays a demanding game physically as well. To adapt to the Premier League in his first year and do what he’s doing, I think we have to clap him. He deserves that.

"He seems to be comfortable when he plays off the left. He’s got a lot of freedom and he causes problems to the other teams because we can use the extra man in midfield.

"I think he’s a player that can make the difference with his ability. I think Jack’s another one of them that has something special that can decide a game or can unlock a door when the game is really tight, as he did today with the ball to Nacho. For us, they are very important players.

"I think he [Cazorla] needed a few goals like that. He helped the team to earn the points today. He was outstanding - his overall play as well. He was involved in many areas of the pitch today and he’s a top player."

Next up for Arsenal is the north London derby as they travel to White Hart Lane, hoping up to make up ground  on Tottenham in the race for the Champions League places. 


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