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Santi Cazorla: ‘Pellegrini is the best coach I’ve had’, plus more…

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla was a guest on French football show beIN Sports France where he gave his opinions on footballing matters around the world

The €19m signing from Malaga had a game to remember against Fulham, putting in a near perfect display along with helping himself to a couple of goals in the second half.

The 29-year-old Spanish international is looked upon throughout England as one of the most creative midfielders currently plying his trade in Premier League. Alongside the likes of Arteta, Ozil, Rosicky and Flamini, Arsenal’s number 19 has flourished in recent weeks – helping the Gunners top the Premier League table with 16 games remaining.

After Cazorla’s double against Fulham, the Spanish international appeared as a guest on beIN Sports Sunday show where he offered his opinions and experience on the most intriguing footballing matters today – including Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas who has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past as well as his opinion on the best coach he has had.

The beIN Sports twitter account quoted:

Karim Benzema:

"Karim Benzema is spectacular, he is really different from other attackers"

Iker Casillas’s future:

"I think Casillas should try to go and play somewhere else"

Favourite for the Champions League?

"Barca is still the favourite, especially with the return of Messi at the highest level."

The best coach?

"Pellegrini is the best coach I've had, he brought me a lot."

The Ballon d’Or:

"Individually, Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d'Or."

Juan Mata’s situation:

"If Mata does not play he will want to leave Chelsea, it's obvious."

Thought on Diego Costa turning out for Spain?

"For us it is a very good thing that Diego Costa take Spanish nationality."

The impact of fellow midfielder Mesut Ozil:

"I always learn from Özil, it’s a great opportunity to have him at Arsenal."

Youth football:

"When I was young, I was told I was too small for football, the future has proven otherwise."

A near Real Madrid deal:

"I was close to signing for Real Madrid, but at the last minute it did not happen."

Nowadays at Arsenal?

"Arsenal was a big change for me, I am very happy to play now."

Current boss Arsene Wenger:

"Wenger is a coach who is very close to the players, he is a very simple man"

Thoughts on the World Cup in Brazil?

"I hope to go to Brazil, but I want to come back as a champion."

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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