Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the whole Arsenal squad has been boosted by Santi Cazorla’s quality and that the Spaniard’s arrival is a sign of a continuing shift in English football towards a more technical game.
The former Villarreal and Malaga midfielder has been exquisite since moving to North London earning plaudits not just from his teammates and manager but also from usually xenophobic half-wit former-professional ‘pundits’…a sure-fire sign that he must be doing something right.
Speaking to the Arsenal official matchday programme Oxlade-Chamberlain took stock of the flood of diminutive playmakers who have moved to the Premier League before touching on the influence of Cazorla.
“I think a lot of people have stepped back in recent years and looked at Spain, the success they’ve had and the style of play they use.
“You could say that’s being introduced more in the English league and I think it’s a good thing.
“It’s still one of the best leagues in the world and we have all sorts of players.
“We’ve seen Santi Cazorla come into our team and bring that Spanish flair, along with guys like Juan Mata and Eden Hazard elsewhere.
“It’s just a good thing for English football to have different styles coming together.
“Santi has given everyone here a big boost and has shown already that he is a fantastic player.”
So far Cazorla has let his feet do the talking, but there’s no doubt that when he gets to grips with the language he’ll be a fine tutor to some of the young guys coming through the ranks.
While Chamberlain obviously senses an opportunity to learn, you can’t help but think Jack Wilshere is another who could hone his trade under the watchful eye of our new man.
Let’s hope to see the two of them on the pitch together soon…