Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has discussed his delight at signing Spain international Santi Cazorla from Malaga, describing the 27-year old as a versatile player who is comfortable playing anywhere in the midfield.
In the past, Wenger has been criticized for his lack of interest in buying experienced players for Arsenal but following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer, the Frenchman has revisited his transfer policy.
He has since bought the likes of Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, and Olivier Giroud, while also loaning out veterans Yossi Benayoun and Thierry Henry.
However, with pressure mounting on the Gunners to contend for trophies next season after seven campaigns without winning a trophy, Wenger has been active in further bolstering his squad.
After his latest move, the manager told Arsenal’s official website: “Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad.”
The manager added: “He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. He has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal Football Club. We are delighted that he is joining us.”
Cazorla has departed Malaga amid financial restructuring at the club despite an impressive fourth place finish in La Liga last season.