Saturday, June 22, 2024

Arteta interviews Cazorla for AS: awesomeness ensues

Quite often when players are speaking through official club channels or to pesky journalists insistent on getting an ‘angle’ you get the feeling they’re holding back a bit and inclined to rely on platitudes in fear of putting their foot in it.

How do you get past this? In the case of Spanish AS you sit back and let the players do the work. Here’s Mikel Arteta interviewing Santi Cazorla for the Spanish publication as the pair compare notes on life at Arsenal. Try not to think too much about Guillem Balague holding the dictaphone…it’ll tarnish it a little.

One thing seems very clear, they’re both having a great time in London. Here’s a few snippets…

Arteta: Santi, how’s life going for you here?

Cazorla: Well, man, well, little by little I’m adapting. The move and other things have been a hassle, but well, I’m very happy and the team are happy.

A: You look very tired; you have dark circles beneath your eyes…

C: I have not got curtains! It’s terrible in the morning, dude! The sun rises so early.

A: When I got to Glasgow, nobody spoke Spanish, there were only a couple of Italians. I called my parents and said, “Mum, Dad, come here quick … I’m sinking.” And the whole family came. The truth is that it helped me a lot.

C: I have to learn English, this is a very good opportunity, Mikel. Everywhere you go you need a good English. And I’m getting very serious about the issue. So I’m enjoying it. You know what I thought after the first few games? Watching English football on TV is one thing but playing is another, there is a tremendous difference. I love this league, it’s spectacular but coming from Spain to the Premier is a huge leap.

A: …The [tiqui-TACA] philosophy of the coach helps a lot. We had bad moments last year, but he never changed his idea of ​​how he wants to win and how he wants you to play.

C: It’s very similar to what I had at Villarreal, and also at Malaga under [Manuel] Pellegrini. Incidentally, Mikel, would you have liked to play more in Spain.

A: In life you make decisions at certain times and it is impossible not to retrospectively analyse them and think about what could have been if you’d gone in a different direction. But there is another way to look at it: I never thought I could play in four or five different countries.

Like you, Santi. Who’d have thought you’d end up at Arsenal? Ten years ago you would have thought, “London, Arsenal, where is that?” We are lucky that people who came before left a good impression here and that Spanish players are now highly valued.

C: I did not think about leaving Spain, but now I’ve taken the step I am very glad I did. London is a great city, and the experience is tremendous.

A: I was gonna say I’m envious of what you have accomplished with La Roja, but envy is not healthy, it’s bad.

C: Seriously, I wonder why you’ve never been with the national team. Look you’ve had some incredible seasons with Everton and now you’re the deputy captain of Arsenal. How strange that you’ve not yet had a chance. There are many players in that position, but I do wonder.

A: I won’t stop dreaming, I’ll keeping looking for that opportunity to enjoy winning with that group. The truth is that I’m envious and angry at not being able to participate in this historic streak. But I’m in a terrific moment in my career and hopefully will get the call from the coach.

C: Hopefully one day we’ll enjoy it together.

A: (Laughs) Pass on a good report for me.

C: I’ll try to, come with me sometime.

A: That would be great.

C: Here at Arsenal you’re a real leader. When I arrived, I was a little surprised at the level of respect that you have in the dressing-room. But when I saw you with the group and on the pitch it’s obvious that almost all consider you the Captain. You are a leader. I’m no good at that, nobody would listen to me! But when you talk they listen.


Check out the original here…your Spanish may be better than ours.

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Koscielny to the rescue again

Epic…I love our team *swoon*
You have to pity all the poor fools supporting clubs with some of the most loathsome characters around, but not at our Arsenal!

professional pride

Poor Arteta. He desperately wants that National Cap. He deserves it really. His intelligence merits it. Go on Del Bosque. Give him a chance.


If our Lego haired Spaniard has less chance of getting injured in the interlull I’m all for it, I would say most important cog in the arsenal at present.


Yeah, I normally don’t care much for national football unless there is a major tournament on. But I do hope Mikel gets his chance ..
NOW is the time for him he is simply brilliant in the role he plays for us. And for me he is ten times the player Busquets is so that spot is definitely there for the taking.


I believe that like barcelona, all spanish players are picked based on DNA tests.
All the black pudding must of reversed Mikel’s catalan blood cells.


He scores with his left!
He scores with his right!
Santi Cazorla
His goals are sublime!

Oh Hi There

My favourite guys.
I would love to (first learn spanish, and then) just sit and drink with these two.

Koscielny to the rescue again

Oh and seriously how does busquets have cap one compared to Arteta? I know this a new role for him but him not being able to break to the Spanish national team is a travesty. I feel for him (while selfishly being grateful he gets a few weeks off to rest some)

Dick Swiveller

I absolutely detest Busquets but he is a very useful player for both Spain and Barca. No reason why Areta shouldn’t be called up and now that he’s playing CL football maybe there’s

Also, maybe we should start seeing Interlulls as Mikel Arteta Rest Breaks, might help us get through them easier.


Hah agreed. Mikel Arteta Rest Break = MARB.


Heh. Agreed. Also, to be fair to the Spanish, while it’s unfortunate for Mikel that he hasn’t been called up, they haven’t exactly been doing badly so I can understand if they’re happy with the decisions they’ve made and, now that he’s 30, I’m not sure he’ll be getting a call any time soon. This is, after all, I team where Cesc and Santi struggle to make the first XI. Harsh for Mikel; good for us – and may prolong his career at the top level.


He played for Everton until recently.
Used as a midfielder with an attacking role in a mid-table club. How the hell was the Spanish coach to know that hidden in there was one of the most effective defensive midfield players in the world, capable of great performances at the highest level, screaming to get out?
If anyone’s to blame here, it’s us for not buying him sooner.

I’m sure they’re studying his stats playing for us and having a bit of a think.


Surely it’s a job for the Spanish scouts? Take nothing away from Everton or Moyes, he’s done very well over the last 10 years, the Premiership is a hard league, especially considering those that have left him over the years (Arteta, Rooney, Valencia, etc). But I def agree, we should have got him ages ago, but its always difficult to look for other midfielders when we had Cesc in the squad.. But I’m glad he’s here now, what a player he is for us! Santi and Mikel to rule midfields for years to come!


Valencia??If you say so..


Artetaaaaa!!! Boom, 1-0 vs City


Heh, that goal is used as promo in my local sports channels. Hart kicking the goal post, epic.

Nin Mung

Supersport I presume?

Mikel is my boyhood hero.

I was in the background of the cover image of the match report of the Manchester City game on Arseblog of Arteta scoring the winning goal. Amazingly, I think that sentence might actually make sense. If not, go figure…


Arteta deserves to be in the spanish side. I hope he does.


I wouldn’t want Arteta as captain, because I don’t want him get sold next summer. Maybe Squillaci.


You do know that it actually doesn’t work like that right?


who was the last captain to retire with the club? Of the last string of captains, Henry, Gallas, Cesc, RVP, they were all sold.


Correlation does not imply causation.


Just a hunch but I think his tongue was planted firmly in his cheek whilst typing that out…


I want these 2 to retire at Arsenal after we sweep all the trophies.

Mikel Anon

I want to see Arteta in the Spanish national team at one point. He deserves it, especially based on his form.

North Bank Gooner

dont worry about la roja Mikel, we love you!!!!

what a pair, team is looking great, success is just around the corner, i can feel it

Go on me Arsenal!!!!!!!


Well, he is a legend in the la roja of England.. Up the arse!


Oh my word….truly pure awesomeness ensued. My arsenal guys. One with a smile that can light up the room the other with lego hair looking all lego-ish. LEGGOOOOOOO!!

glory hunter

What a brilliant article! Well done, really made my morning.
It is a travesty that Arteta hasn’t been invited into the Spanish squad, but if he does he’ll get into the team ahead of Busquets, that i have no doubt.

Gunnersaurus Rex

Busquets is a cunt. Even my wife who never watches football knows that.


Busquets has one the worsts sportmanships in the game, screw him!

Gunnersaurus Rex

Pass on a good report for me. Mikel don’t be modest!!!!
I really really want him to play for spain


Started reading this interview with a smile right up to where arteta tells cazorla to pass on a good word for him to the coach. Surely del fucking bosque you have to pick arteta, he jusy quite frankly deserves it!. Imagine these two spaniards hand in hand celebrating a spain euro win then coming back to arsenal for yet another F.A cup glory……*sob

Sensible Gunner




I wonder what Vermaelen thinks about this interview.


” But when I saw you with the group and on the pitch it’s obvious that almost all consider you the Captain”
Very few seam to have picked up on this littlepiggy. If this is true then why is he not the captain for real?


Only reason for Arteta not to be captain IMHO is his short presence at Arsenal, otherwise he (and Mertesacker) look much more captain material than the passionate but often too impulsive and impatient TV5

Brohan Cruyff

Have to think he must have meant it more like co-captains? I can’t imagine Arteta’s trying to stage a bloodless coup or anything like that.


I think it’s a slight mistranslation, not quite what Cazorla intended. The original Spanish is:

Pero cuando te vi moverte con el grupo y en el campo es obvio que todos te consideran prácticamente el capitán.

Which I would translate as –

“When I see you with the group and on the pitch it’s obvious that everyone thinks of you as practically the captain.”


Exactamente, Moopin. Muy bien.


@Brohan- What a well coiffed bloodless coup that would be! “My good friend, would you please step aside?” “For you, Mikel, anything.” “Muy bien!”


Articles like this can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Such good friends, such completely different, yet equally brilliant players.

olanipekun olabanji

Just loving this two guys up gunners


From the origjnal:

A: In the locker room we’re always messing with it. (En el vestuario siempre estamos de cachondeo con eso.)
C: It’s true, always roll with that. Funny (Es verdad, siempre con el rollo ese)

!!!!! Dare i ask ?


What an awesome interview! I have always liked seeing the players interact on Arsenal player but they should definitely let them interview each other too!


Love these two so much, great players and people, work ethic is awesome from them, hope we will win something with them soon, they will play until they retire in Arsenal.


After reading this I do wonder what Verm actually does. We lacked the BFG’s leadership and organisation at Chelsea and Santi appears to feel Arteta is treated like the captain.
I’m all for experienced players leading the group, but sometimes Verms a bit all over the place and lacks maturity in his play. Next season could well see a change in the armband.


Thought about it too. its likely that being a leader comes more naturally to Arteta than Verm., probably due to him understanding a lot more about responsibility and taking charge on the pitch or /and his more matured nature (shrug)

Midfield Corporal

Every time I see TV charging up the field without a care for his defensive duties I assume he’s lost in a daydream where he is a brave knight riding a mighty steed off on another heroic adventure. I almost expect to see him riding a pretend pony and whipping his backside before snapping out of it and wondering what the bloody hell he’s doing in the oppositions box.


ah man, i’m welling up here!


Adewusi Felix

Arteta we love u dont mind those bigot @ la roja


Imagine if we were Chelsea supporters: we’d have Ashley Cole interviewing John Terry…for ZOO magazine.

I love you Arsenal.

Arsene's bottle of water

I unliked this only for the slightest, very distant hypothesis of us being Chavski suppor…….. no, can’t even pronounce it!
Other than that, you’re alright! 🙂

Steve Bould's hair dryer

Looking forward to Santos interviewing Giroud.


“Olivier, my favourite gay in the team.”

Clock End Mike

Really cheered me up this morning, reading that! Thanks, Blogs.

I look forward to hearing Santi give interviews in English! Olivier’s managing it already, with a little difficulty perhaps, but it must be better for the team when everyone can speak the same language in the dressing room and on the pitch.


Here’s a thought to warm the cockles of your heart.
If you were Barcelona and had blown a wad of cash on poaching Song from Arsenal, only to see a much better Spaniard slot neatly into the gap created there, how would you be feeling now?

Barca Scout

Not to worry, we’ll be signing him next season!!


Tell you what, you can have him for what he’s worth, plus the difference between what Cesc was worth and what you actually paid.

A straight swap for Messi should cover it.

Barca Scout

Throw in Chamakh and we have a deal 🙂


Why the hell are we doing deals with the scouts anyway!


Difference being that Barca signed Song as a central defender, not a DM. So far hasn’t worked out for them as they hope but it’s still early…

Brohan Cruyff

Had they ever watched him play?


Hate to be the naysayer, but I wonder how Vermaelen will take Cazorla saying “almost all consider you the Captain.”
Also, did anyone else know that the suggested correction for Vermaelen is silverman?


that caught my eye too. Not sure if I am happy or worried by it…


You’re running through translation software. It could have easily been “a captain”.


Did you ever pause to think that “everyone” included Vermaelen?

Arteta is older and a more experienced player. I’m sure even Vermaelen listens when he speaks. Frankly I like Vermaelen as a Captain. His passion & never say die attitude are his main strengths.

'desi'gner gooner

I don’t want Arteta to be picked in the spanish national team for the qualifiers and friendlies….but I really hope that he gets picked for the World Cup squad. That way he gets to fulfill his dream and also not get crocked in meaningless matches….Right now he gets a break everytime there is an interlull and I think his consistency and fitness owes a bit to these breaks he gets when a lot of the others play 90 minutes in different climates….

meh moody gooner

great interview man! vice captain pouring his soul about la roja. i wouldn’t want him to play internationals but he Damn well deserves a tournament win with spain.
also waiting to see how the media spins this one .


Kudos.. arseblog.

mel ber

who exactly is interviewing whom?

Arteta's hair cream

Exited but scared. Because they certainly wont scale through the whole season without getting injured (realistic). That’s why i want to see little mozart back and better as an effective cover for santi. Le coq better do some upgrade if he’s to fill in for mikel…or maybe jack can do the job too. Frimmy Frimmy as well, but he needs a little maturity. I’m excited about the squad anyway!


yes but we’ve got rosicky coming back


Little Mozart = Rosicky


If arsenal do well this year I think arteta will get a call up, particularly since he is already working with santi. One reason spain does so well is because most of the players already play together at barca.

As someone at euro2012 pointed out, Spain just don’t play as well without Messi…
(then they played well in the final)


It’s great that Cazorla has someone like Arteta to help him settle in. He’s obviously a brilliant player regardless, but I wonder if he would have started firing on the pitch in quite the same way quite as quickly without that help settling in off the pitch.


But seriously Vicente, give him at least 1 cap. God would smile that day.


Imagine something like this happening at Chelsea. Cole interviewing terry


im imagining the cunt pursestrings and the little boy.


you get the impression the would run through walls for one another……..and the team! there is only one more midfielder i would like to see at the grove. How often is it that can say that? usually you look at 2 maybe 3.
oh its Gotze!
arteta, wiltshere, cazorla and gotze Wow just wow! blow the 35 mil wenger pleeeeaaaaaase!


Gotze with Mert and Poldi will make an awesome German impact at the Emirates.


So early days for this partnership, but do you favour the Arteta-Cazorla combo or Cesc-Song in our midfield?





Arteta-Cazorla-Cesc – would be best!

see what i did there?






Good thing they are not regulars for their country. They can give more to Arsenal.

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Love everthing abt arsenal… Firstly wat a great interview… Wat a combo .. On n off field…. Love each n every passionate arsenal fans… No club will be like ours… Wat a togetherness.. Btw true die hard arsenal fan

Naija Gunner

“Pass on a good report for me” so touching, I felt pity for him (feel like crying) the guy is been cheated!


Evertonian here but I f*cking love these two seriously Arsenal fans use are gonna have one of the best midfields in the world. I don’t think the Spanish coach ever watched Arteta when he was at Everton although he did get called up once but snapped his cruciate ligament a couple of days later. I think the fact that he wasn’t playing for a ‘big club’ hindered his chances but you will never find a player more professional and hard working than him. Everton’s loss was certainly your gain enjoy him while you have him. I always knew he would… Read more »


David moyes won’t be too thrilled about this. He’ll think “oy mate, passing on who next I will scout on FM are you?”.


Can’t imagine an Arsenal fan posting something similar about RVP on a United blog…then again the transfer of Arteta was less acrimonious. Maybe about Cesc on a Barca blog -maybe, except for all of Barcas genetic cuntishness.

Anyway, good to see a fan that can accept losing a player to a rival team and wish both player and team well.

I would write something like “Yeah, Robin was great at Arsenal, I hope he shatters his knee and United finish fifth”


I think it was easier that Arteta was always honest and said he wanted to play in the Champions League again before he retired. Before he signed a new contract in 2010 Moyes said if he stayed he would try and get us there but with no money we couldn’t. We always knew he was a gem of a player and every year we’re worried about losing him but he deserved the chance of proving himself on a higher stage. When a player like Mikel has been at your club for so long it’s hard not to like him he’s… Read more »


@KSmith: That was a great sentiment and I want you to know that as a full supporter of Arsenal I am blessed with one of the alltime great managers. I also know that Everton is blessed with a great one as well, and I always pull for the Toffees in a neutral capacity. May your team’s form continue this year and I thank you for allowing us to enjoy Mr Arteta!

PS, I thought this helped elucidate Moyes’ credentials:


I’ve always enjoyed watching Everton play, even as an Arsenal fan.


All through d time of reading this piece,i was just smiling..arsenal forever


Pfff. as if. Fuckers.


You´d have thought that after the “Jenkinson´s Singing Dad” scandal the rip-off press merchants would tread a bit more carefully with you.

Apparently not…

Le Bob

Ah, that was ace!


I love Arteta. I love Cazorla. I wanted to elaborate but it’s self explanatory I guess…

Harare Gooner

Wonder how an Oleg Luzhny-Pascal Cygan interview would have turned out.


I just hope Arteta get a call up to National team, he deserve to be there

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