Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has been surprised by midfielder Santi Cazorla's strength and stamina during his first season in the Premier League.
After signing him from Malaga in the summer for a fee estimated around £16million, Arsene Wenger knew he was getting a player with great vision and great skill, but his levels of stamina and strength have surprised the French manager.
Cazorla has been able to notch up 12 Premier League goals in his debut season, which is a very impressive record for a centre-midfielder, and to add to that, he has also provided the side with seven assists.
Over the 35 games so far this season in the Premier League, Cazorla has featured in all of them and started 34 of those, which is very impressive considering it's his first season in English football.
It is common for footballers to struggle in their opening season in England when coming from abroad, but Cazorla has settled superbly and has been one of the best players for Arsenal this season, if not the best, and his manager has been completely surprised by the levels of strength and stamina the Spaniard has shown.
"It is absolutely amazing," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "I’ll tell you something - if you count the number of training sessions he has missed it will be similar to that [the games he has missed].
"I can’t remember the number of sessions where he had an injury. His consistency has been remarkable for the games and the training sessions. And one might explain the other one.
"I was not aware of it [Cazorla's stamina before he signed]," added Wenger. "I did check the number of games he played but I was not aware that he would have such stamina in the Premier League.
"I expected him to miss more games because the league is very tough physically. The duels are tough. It shows he has a remarkable body but it shows he is intelligent as well because he knows where to go [on the pitch]."
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