Fresh from being crowned Arsenal.com’s Player of the Month for February Santi Cazorla has reasserted the fact he’s enjoying life in England despite the Gunners’ erratic form.
The Spaniard’s three goals last month sealed two much needed wins in the Premier League against Sunderland and Aston Villa and took his tally for the season to an impressive 11.
Reflecting on a very decent first season in England, the 28-year-old said he’d steeled himself for a very different playing environment in England only to find Arsenal’s passing philosophy has suited him perfectly.
“I think I’ve had a positive seven months personally as I have been able to come to a team like Arsenal and play in a great league like the Premier League,” Cazorla told Arsenal Player.
“On the pitch, we have definitely had our ups and downs; there have been good times and bad times. I think that the team has lacked a bit of consistency and sometimes we have made mistakes that have cost us dearly. Removing these from our game will help us improve in the future.
“But it hasn’t been difficult adapting to Arsenal’s style of play or even to the Premier League. It is a bit different to La Liga in Spain but I’ve adapted very well and I think Arsenal’s style of play has made it a lot easier for me.
“I was expecting to come into a league that would be a bit more physical, a bit quicker, and had a greater intensity than what I was used to. I was prepared for that, especially the physical side, so I don’t think it was hard for me to adapt.”
The above doesn’t really represent anything new from Santi. He seems an amiable, down-to-earth chap whose technical quality on the ball speaks for itself.
He’s proved himself a very good signing from the off and while his influence in certain games hasn’t quite been up to scratch it’s fair to suggest that fatigue may have played a part.
Playing his first season of football without a winter break he’s made 36 starts in all competitions so far; three more than anyone else. Let’s hope he’s still got a bit of energy left in the tank for the run-in…