Santi Cazorla has spoken about some the influences that helped him make his decision to leave Spain for the Premier League. The Spaniard has opened up stating that David Silva advised him during a phone call over the summer to join the Premier League, stating that Cazorla would enjoy the English style of play. Cazorla had watched Silva claim the title with City last season, and he’s now hopeful he can emulate his compatriot’s success.
“I spoke with Silva before I came here and he said I would enjoy everything about the Premier League,” Cazorla told The Daily Mirror.
“He’s won the title with Manchester City and said I’d enjoy the football and the respect between players, which is different to Spain. I’m very much at ease, so I’m glad I came. He gave me an introduction to the adventure of English football.”
Cazorla also has ties with former Gunner, Robert Pires who was Cazorla’s team mate during his Villarreal days. Pires convinced Cazorla that Arsenal would be a good match for him.
He added: “When the interest began with Arsenal, Robert told me not to think twice, that I’d enjoy it, that it was the perfect club for me. That Arsenal has aspirations to win the title and go far.’
“Everything so far has been true and I’m very happy here. I feel very at home, I am getting used to daily life in England, which is so different from Spain.
“It helps having Mikel Arteta here, he’s supported me a lot, and I’d like to thank the Arsenal players for giving me such a warm welcome.The team has done very well. I don’t think we deserved to lose against Chelsea, we deserved at least a point.’
“But I think we’ve proved we’re capable of fighting teams like Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea. There’s a big future for us.”
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