Before his move to Arsenal, Santi Cazorla sought advice, as any sensible person would do.
David Silva, his fellow pint sized Spaniard, told him the Premier League was great and that he should go for it, but when his former Villarreal teammate, Robert Pires, waxed lyrical about the Gunners his mind was made up.
An an interview with @johncrossmirror, Santi said, “When the interest began with Arsenal, Robert told me not to think twice, that I’d enjoy it, that it was the perfect club for me, that Arsenal has aspirations to win the title and go far.
“Everything so far has been true and I’m very happy here. I feel very at home, I am getting used to daily life in England, which is so different from Spain.”
Frankly, if Robert Pires told me to put my hand in the fire I’d do it, and it’s great to see a former Gunner accentuating the positives of the club instead of banging on about stuff that happened months ago that we can’t do anything about.
Cazorla says that having Mikel Arteta around has been allowed him to settle in with ease.
“It helps having Mikel Arteta here, he’s supported me a lot, and I’d like to thank the Arsenal players for giving me such a warm welcome.”
And he’s hinted that there’s a real sense of cameraderie in the Arsenal dressing room, an atmosphere he’s found when playing for his national team.
“I believe that to win you have to have a dressing room where everyone is pointing in the same direction, where there are no big egos, no individuals.
“Everyone in the Spanish team is equal. It doesn’t matter which club you play for and that’s why the team are so successful.”
Although it’s sometimes difficult to understand player sales, very often there are factors off the pitch that influence a manager’s decision and perhaps it helps a team grow to let one or two move on.
In the meantime we’ll hope that Cazorla makes the Walrus’s head explode at Upton Park today.