Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was today unveiled as one of the cover stars of FIFA 13, following the footsteps of Jack Wilshere, and told the assembled media how excited he was by the arrival of Santi Cazorla at the club.
He is a brilliant player,” he said. “He is a typical Spanish player – right foot, left foot, technically brilliant.
“He is a clever player. He is not the most physical, he is only short. But I think that highlights how good he must be in his head and with his feet.
“From what I have seen so far, he is a massive asset for the club and he is a really good lad as well, which always helps. I think he is going to do really well for us.”
Meanwhile, Cazorla himself has told the official site that he’s happy to play in the advanced midfield role with the freedom that allows.
“The manager played me as a second striker, with the freedom that I like to have. It’s a position I really like, and it’s not one I’ve played in much in recent years, but I will play there without problems.”
And he spoke about how he’s being helped to settle in to life in England and life at Arsenal.
“The Club have done a lot to help me settle in the team and to make it easy for me to get used to life in the city,” he said. “Every day is a little bit better and I feel a little more comfortable.
“Here in England there is a faster rhythm to the game, a higher tempo. In Spain games are more cautious, more tactical. Here there is more tempo, more to-ing and fro-ing, but I like it.”