Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed a promise that Arsene Wenger made to him when he first arrived in north London which proved decisive in his decision to move to the Emirates Stadium from Malaga.
The Spanish playmaker said the veteran Gunners boss told him he could help take his game to the next level, whilst also presenting the 30-year-old with a realistic opportunity of winning the Premier League title.
So far that pledge has not come to fruition during Cazorla's three-year spell in England, but he remains optimistics about Arsenal's domestic prospects moving forward.
“Wenger is a big coach," Cazorla was quoted saying by the Sunday Mirror. "I am at Arsenal because he convinced me he could improve my game and give me a chance of winning the Premier League.
"I am happy with my experience at Arsenal, and that’s true. I have worked with good coaches in my career and Wenger is special.
“He’s very demanding, even when we win, and always wants the team to play a good game. His big virtue is the way he gives confidence to young players.”
Cazorla has been the subject of transfer speculation following rumours he could leave Arsenal at the end of the season. But, ahead of Sunday's high-profile clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford the pint-sized magician insists he is only thinking about his future with the Gunners.
“I have a contract at Arsenal and my head is focused only on this club,” he added.
That news will be welcomed by the club's supporters as Cazorla has been one of their most consistent performers this term, and has an integral role to play in Wenger's side moving forward.
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