Santi Cazorla interview: Arsenal are lucky to have Ozil

The former Malaga playmaker has spoken of his delight at the club’s record signing and is looking forward to playing alongside the German.

The prospect of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil playing together in an attacking midfield partnership will have the Emirates Stadium fans’ mouths watering and will mean Arsenal are one of the most dangerous attacking teams in the Premier League.

The Germany international’s guile will add to the existing creative force that Cazorla provides and the pair together will take some containing by Premier League opponents.

In an interview with Marca, the Spain international has admitted that he was surprised to see Real Madrid allowing Ozil to leave.

"I am very happy that Ozil is here. He is a spectacular player and we are very lucky we are going to learn alongside him,” Cazorla said.

"I don't understand that [why Real Madrid sold him], he is a unique player. You will have to ask the club for reasons why they sold them, but at the same time he didn't think he was getting the opportunities he deserved and luckily he has come to us.

"He is an important player and he is going to be very good for the team and the way we play. I hope he can help us fight against the big teams in the Premier League."

Ozil’s arrival will mean that Arsenal have arguably two of the best playmakers in the division at their disposal, and many are rightly waiting in anticipation to see how they link-up and play together.

Cazorla has impressed for the Gunners since signing from Malaga last summer and although Ozil’s arrival will take some of the limelight away from him, the Spaniard is still a very important player in Arsenal’s chances this season.

He may well have to alter his game slightly to facilitate Ozil, as they will both look to take up attacking positions between the opposition midfield and defence, and as such could eat up each other’s space.

However, if the pair can strike up an understanding, Arsenal fans will be assured of some exciting attacking football this year and the Gunners will be a team that most opponents will dread facing.

There were slight rumblings over the summer that Atletico Madrid were interested in bringing Cazorla back to his homeland. Arsenal will not even have considered selling a player of his importance after one year of his contract, but the playmaker also put the issue to bed in his interview.

"The Atletico president said there was nothing in this, and I always very relaxed about it," he concluded.

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