Cazorla: Arsenal play same way as Spain

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Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla believes he has settled well into life in north London because Arsenal's own brand of 'tiki taka' football is like playing home from home, reports the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old has impressed in his debut season in the Premier League, after arriving at the Emirates Stadium in a £15million deal from Malaga in the summer.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been delighted with the way Cazorla has made a seamless transition to playing in England's top-flight, fitting in alongside Jack Wilshere and compatriot Mikel Arteta in the midfield.

His recent performances have made Cazorla an instant fans' favourite amongst Arsenal supporters, with silky Spaniard proving he has what it takes to cut it at the top level.

"For me it is important to go out onto the pitch and be comfortable, and that has been the case since the first game," he told Arsenal's matchday programme. "I have always been at ease on the pitch.

"In my case too, you do not notice much difference between Arsenal and playing in Spain, because we are also a side who like to play with the ball.

"The boss has a philosophy of playing football, it is always trying to find attacking football, of having the ball and because of the characteristics of the players we have, it is what comes easiest to us."

Arsenal are currently enjoying a three-game unbeaten run, having beaten Stoke and West Ham in the Premier League, either side of a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in three consecutive home games.

Wenger's side travel to Wearside this weekend, though, where they will face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.


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