Santi Cazorla says he has room for improvement and is looking forward to his second season at Arsenal having been voted the club’s Player of the Year.
The little Spaniard was the overwhelming winner of the gong having impressed voting fans with 12 goals and 14 assists since joining from Malaga last summer.
“Next season I will try to perform as well as I have done this year, but also improve,” Cazorla told the club’s official website.
“I will be even more at ease, knowing my team-mates and enjoying the manager’s confidence, and I will be more use to the team.
“During the last few games the team played very well. That is what we have to aim for next season, we need to be more consistent.”
Despite featuring in more games than anyone else at the Emirates last term there’s no respite for Cazorla with Vicente del Bosque picking him (and Nacho Monreal) for Spain’s Confederations Cup campaign in Brazil.
The reigning World Champions will face Uruguay, Tahiti (yes, you are reading that correctly) and Nigeria in the group stage with Italy, Brazil and Japan potential opponents should they progress. The final isn’t until 30 June so you’d expect Santi and Nacho to be missing from the start of the Gunners tour of the Far East if they get that far.
In other news Bacary Sagna admits that he’s talking to Arsenal about a new contract but appears quite happy to keep his options at the moment. The right-back has one-year left on his deal and isn’t ruling out a return to France with both PSG and Monaco supposedly interested.
“There are [talks], but I still haven’t extended my contract,” he told L’Equipe (ESPN.co.uk translation).
“I’m talking. I’m not at a bad club either. It’s possible [a return to France]. We’d have to see in which conditions and, in sporting terms, what they propose. I won’t go just anywhere.
“If I stay at Arsenal, I’ll try to have a good season, there’s the World Cup at the end of it. If I’m to leave, it’ll be a new challenge.”