Two weeks ago, current Malaga boss, Manuel Pellegrini stated:
“To sell him for 20m euros would be to give him away – I do not believe the club would do that.”
But two weeks later, for a reported fee of £12.5m, the Spanish midfielder has now [virtually] joined the Arsenal 2012 revolution as Arsene bids to change our fortunes and turn our nearly side into a side that can challenge for the title. Just imagine the following line up:
Podolski – Cazorla – Walcott
Arteta – Song
Gibbs – Vermaelen – Koscielny – Sagna
With a compliment of other players to add to the first XI… Wilshere, Gervinho, Oxlade, Diaby, Coquelin, Frimpong, Rosicky and more… Buying three first team players of high quality with the ability to go straight into the team is something we rarely do. This time we have and it means business.
The announcement was made today and Arsene has spoken very highly of the player:
“Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad. He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. He has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal Football Club. We are delighted that he is joining us.”
The player himself saying:
“I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal. This is a club with great players, a fantastic stadium and huge support. The Club has one of the best managers in football and their style of play is recognised and admired all over the world. I’m so excited to be joining one of the greatest teams in Europe and also in the Premier League. I will do my best to help Arsenal challenge for trophies and make all the supporters happy.”
It’s amazing to see him join, to see Giroud and Podolski also join and it’s a clear sign of ambition and intent. The squad is very strong now and if we can just get rid of the players who we don’t want and get in a quality defensive signing, then our odds for the title will be slashed without a doubt!
The question is…
Where will he play? How will all our new signings fit it? Great to be talking about this…!