Cazorla completes Gunners switch
Santi Cazorla has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal
Arsenal have announced the signing of attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla from Malaga for an undisclosed fee on a long-term deal.
The 27-year-old has amassed 45 caps for Spain and was a member of the squads that won the European Championships in 2008 and this year.
"Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He's a player who will add significant quality to our squad," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Cazorla is reported to have cost Arsenal £16.5million after passing a medical and agreeing a long-term contract.
Full name Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez, he was an influential figure in Malaga's fourth-place finish in La Liga last season when the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time.
"Santi has good experience at both club and international level," Wenger said. "He's a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally."
Cazorla, the 2007 Spanish Player of the Year, joined Malaga in 2011 following two stints with Villarreal.
He made 181 appearances for the Yellow Submarine, helping them finish runners-up to Real Madrid in La Liga in 2008.
"I'm so happy to be joining Arsenal. This is a club with great players, a fantastic stadium and huge support," Cazorla said.
"The club has one of the best managers in football and their style of play is recognised and admired all over the world."
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Lewis you manage to make a fool of yourself on almost every post you make.
Why not try been civil for once and having a conversation about football instead of an argument..
Bored of reading it
@ Lewis Day -
Arsenal paid nothing for Chamakh, you knob - they got him on a free transfer. Check your facts before you spout about other teams. However bad Chamakh is (and he is bad) he's still scored more goals than your record £35m "striker"! Oh, and he's French-born to Moroccan parents - he has nothing to do with Algeria (unless he goes on holiday there!)
In addition, 45 caps playing in a midfield that Mikel Arteta can't get into is actually an achievement and he would be a regular in just about any other international squad. BTW - I believe "jamon" translates simply as "ham", not "fat ham", however he's still renowned for his pace, even in Spain.
Perhaps you'd like to list Liverpool's signings this summer.........?
santi is.. nuri sahin is next... wenger is buying wisely!!
com on van pesie you have to stay now!!!!!
Arsenal usually do a good job of transforming players, if they put in the effort, so it'll be good to see if, and how well, he gels in to the squad, arsene wenger doesnt usually spend large amounts of flops, so i trust his judgement.
P.S. chamakh was a free player, no transfer fee involved.
@ Lewis Day
Please no one use lewis day as a representative of liverpool. you read the sun? are you even a scouser? because no scousers read the sun you little germ!! plus your talking a load of ****e making a mockery of our club just do your self a favour an button it.
Really good signing from The gunners, think RVP should stay with arsenal, Wenger is making a valiant effort to strengthen the squad for next season, wish liverpool were clever enough not to get robbed every transfer were about to get allen for 20m and isnt close to carzolas quality
Queens soldier, how come you have changed from posting sensible comments to being an a/hole.
Why don't you get a proper job and you wont have so much time on your hands.
FYI Arsenal have not won a trophy for years because Mr Wenger refuses to buy trophies unlike Chelsea, City , Man U etc.
As for calling Cazorla fat, I bet he is a lot fitter than you.
@ Lewis Day -
If you attended school, which I doubt, they clearly didn't educate you in the use of commas. Your entries are so littered with them in the wrong places that I can only assume that as you're a Scouser you either found a stash of cheap ones or you nicked them!
Ironically you've missed out the apostrophe (speech mark to you!) in "Queens", which can be placed either before or after the "s" depending on whether you were a soldier for one or many queens.