The Premier League is full of supremely gifted footballers, but how many of them are genuinely two-footed?
By genuinely two-footed, we don’t simply mean being able to kick with both feet - every top-level player can do that, with the possible exception of Antonio Valencia - but so two-footed that it’s almost impossible to tell which is their stronger side.
Of all the elite players in England’s top flight, it’s safe to say that Arsenal's Santi Cazorla is up there amongst the most ambidextrous.
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This has been evident in every match he’s played for the Gunners since joining the club from Malaga in 2012, but it was particularly noticeable during the first half of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger’s men were already 1-0 up in the 22nd minute, thanks to an early penalty from Cazorla, when Arsenal were awarded a corner.
Video: Koscielny tells Cazorla to switch feet
Cazorla shaped to bend the ball out with his right foot before he was stopped by teammate Laurent Koscielny.
The French centre-back signalled for the Spaniard to switch from his right foot to his left - and that’s precisely what the Spaniard did.
Cazorla simply moved to the other side of the corner flag and whipped in a corner with his left foot instead.
Now that’s what you call a talented footballer.
Cazorla explains how he became two-footed
Cazorla once told Arsenal’s official website how he was able to become so two-footed.
“I have always preferred the right foot, ever since I was younger,” he said last year. ”I was a little bit hurt in my right ankle once, and that is when I started to use my left foot a lot more.
“Being able to use both feet is something that came quite naturally to me ever since I started playing. However, it is something I continuously work on in a very strong manner to ensure that my level never gets any lower.
“Everything comes from a base of hard work. After training sessions I would stay an extra half-an-hour and kick the ball against the wall with my weaker foot over and over again to make sure it becomes stronger and better. Players should remember that everything comes from hard work.”
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