Cazorla admits trying to tempt Spanish goalkeeping star into Arsenal move

Iker Casillas

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has admitted that he is trying to persuade Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casilas to move to North London.

Arsenal's title challenge has crumbled once again, and thoughts of lifting the Premier League trophy seem a distant memory as Sunday's 3-0 defeat to Everton now has the Gunners sweating over a place in the top four, with the Toffees closing the gap to just one point with a game in hand to come.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly where things have gone wrong for Arsenal in recent months, but their defensive record away from home against their top five rivals is verging on embarrassing. In trips to Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton, the Gunners have an aggregate score of 20-4.

That defensive frailty has cost them, and whilst goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny doesn't appear to be under any immediate pressure between the sticks, the club have been linked with a number of shot stoppers, suggesting that if the right deal comes along, they could look to replace the Polish international.

And midfielder Cazorla appears to fancy himself as something of a deal broker after the former Malaga and Villarreal man professed to attempting to get international team mate Casillas, who has been in and out of the Real Madrid side this season despite 15 years of service to the club, to join him at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

"I've told him [I would like him to join Arsenal], but so far he has just been curious about my experience in England," said Cazorla.

"His situation is very complicated, but he has to make a decision. Lots of clubs want him, including Arsenal, but I think that it would be very difficult to leave Real Madrid because of what the club represents. He knows what he has [at Madrid] and what he could find at another club," Cazorla added.

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