Santi Cazorla insists there is plenty of room for him to improve despite earning plaudits for the way he has adapted to life in the Premier League.
Excited about the chance to strut his stuff against Manchester United tomorrow the Spaniard also hopes he and his teammates can secure a positive result at Old Trafford that will serve as a confidence boost ahead of a busy month of fixtures.
Speaking to Arsenal Player the chunky, cheeky midfield chappy revealed:
“It is thanks to the Club, my team-mates and Arsenal’s footballing philosophy that I’ve found it easier to integrate into the side and into the Premier League in general. I’m happy. I still think I’ve got room for improvement, and so do the team, but we hope to keep on improving.
“At Old Trafford we need to control the game and keep hold of the ball,” he continued.
“I think the key to modern football is having possession, the more you have the more you control the game.
“[A win] would be great for the team’s confidence. To beat such a strong side at their own ground makes you stronger in all aspects.
“Let’s take the example of our match against Manchester City, which was a difficult game against a tough side. The team showed incredible quality and could even have won the game, so we came out of that match much stronger than before.
“Therefore, as well as the three points you can hopefully take from those games, you can come out stronger and take away more confidence too.”
The prospect of Cazorla getting better is certainly mouth-watering. While he started life at the Emirates like a man possessed, it’s obvious his influence in the centre of the park has been dampened in recent weeks with clubs deliberately setting up to stifle his game.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s still been excellently consistent, but fingers crossed the return of Jack Wilshere will afford him another chance to push on. A goal tomorrow, preferably deflected off Van Persie’s arse, would be most welcome.