Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is having a hard time believing the level of skill brought forth by summer signing Santi Cazorla and has stated that the Spaniard is a “dream” to play with.
Much was made of Cazorla’s recent trip to Panama with the Spain national team last week, where he was restricted to being an unused substitute despite flying all the way across the world.
However, the winger showed no signs of fatigue in a lively performance against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, forcing Emmanuel Adebayor’s early sending off and scoring a fine goal en route to an emphatic 5-2 derby win.
Wilshere, a passionate Gunner, has certainly taken note of Cazorla’s immense ability, admitting that it’s sometimes funny seeing just how much of an impact the former Malaga star is capable of making.
“He was different class today. His touch, his vision is a joke. He’s a dream to play with. He never gives the ball away and he’s creative, he’s busy around the pitch [and] he’s a joy to play with,” a delighted Wilshere told Arsenal’s official website following the full-time whistle at the Emirates Stadium.
The 20-year old added: “It’s great to have him in the team. A lot of people said they didn’t know about him before, but I’ve heard of him for a few years now.
“He’s a great player and when you’ve got someone like that in your team, who’s going to bring you in, you just want to get out there.”
In the days following Cazorla’s signing in the summer, there were some suggestions that he was brought on board to compensate for the loss of his compatriot and former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.
Having played alongside both men, Wilshere is adamant that both are too different to be compared but hinted that Cazorla’s ability to take on opposing defenders can prove to be even more beneficial for Arsenal.
“For me he’s a different player to Cesc – Cesc is more of a passer. I think with Santi, he can pick the ball [up and] he can beat a player. He’s got a great shot on him. I think he’s just different class and he’s great to play with,” Jack concluded.