New boy Santi Cazorla believes Arsenal can build on the positives of the Sunderland performance but has urged the club to replace departed/departing stars Robin van Persie and Alex Song.
The Spaniard stood out, perhaps not surprisingly given the meditteranean temperatures in London on Saturday, and was involved in most of the positive attacking moments against Sunderland. He’s keen to see his new club replace the quality lost by the sales of van Persie to Man United and Song to Barcelona.
Quoted in the Mirror, he says, “It’s clear that Van Persie is a great player and obviously we would all have preferred it if he had stayed. Song has gone as well and there are still 10 days left in the transfer market.
“I do not know if we will sign anyone but obviously it’s important to replace players like that because they were so important for the team. It felt really good making my debut. Of course, it was not the result any of us wanted, but we had chances and we did well.
“It’s a long season, so we can build on this. I had one chance and so did a few of my colleagues and that was the key to the game. We had complete control but that final step just eluded us.”
The arrival of Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid should help and Arsene Wenger believes that Cazorla may turn out to be the signing of the season after his impressive debut.
“He played very well and looks like he could be one of the buys of the season,” said the manager.
“He has everything you want in the game. He can play short, he can play long, on the right or left, he can play the final ball and works hard as well. He is a fighter so it is very positive for us.”