Xavi wants Barcelona to sign Santi Cazorla and David Silva

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After a Man of the Match performance in Arsenal's win over Manchester City at the weekend the praise has been pouring in. But fans of the Gunners will not be happy about where the latest praise is emanating from - Barcelona.

Having said that, fans of the Etihad Stadium club won't be best pleased either because their talismanic playmaker David Silva was also lauded by Camp Nou star Xavi. The Catalan midfielder was being asked by Spanish newspaper AS about who he admires around Europe and who he would like to play alongside.

Manchester City fans may not be too concerned by the 34-year-old's words, but the Arsenal faithful will receive them with worrying familiarity. The Gunners have seen many of their best players decide to leave north London for the bright lights of Barcelona.

Specifically, Xavi was asked who he would sign for the Liga giants if their transfer strategy aaas down to him. Of course one of those players was a Gunner - it was made worse by the fact that Cazorla had just put in one of his best displays in an Arsenal shirt: "Silva [and] Cazorla... there is some great current talent in Spanish football who I’d sign for Barcelona."

Silva was kept quiet by Arsene Wenger's men on Sunday evening as the Premier League champions were beaten 2-0, but there is no doubt that he is one of the leading attacking midfielders in England. The 29-year-old is probably also one of the leading playmakers in world football, so it's no surprise the Catalans are sniffing around.

Xavi's words will draw a shiver from many Arsenal fans, who over the last few years have been forced to watch their leading stars leave for Barcelona. Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song are names in more recent years, while the likes of Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit from Wenger's early years.

Cazorla has been in magnificent form recently and the culmination was the display at City, where he despatched the penalty to put his side ahead and put in the cross for Olivier Giroud to double the lead, which effectively killed off the game.

Now that Xavi has said he would like to see Cazorla and Silva, GMS is wondering how long it will be before both are claimed to have 'Barca DNA'.

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