Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has given an insight into what he’s worked on throughout his career to become of the best players in Europe.
The Spaniard is an extremely important player for Arsenal considering Mesut Ozil’s injury and he’s explained in an interview with FourFourTwo, what he’s been doing to refine himself throughout his career.
“Since I was a kid I’ve had the ability to play with both feet. But again, the basis of this has come from a lot of hard work. They’re qualities I’ve had since I was small but that I’ve been strengthening year after year,” he said.
“I’ve tried to work on improving my left foot for example, and this has served me well until today and helped me be able to play with both my weaker and stronger foot.”
Any player who has the ability to be effective from either side is worth his weight in gold. It’s significant for Arsenal for two main reasons.
Firstly, it means Cazorla can get himself into positions and space all over the pitch to help Arsenal teammates when they’re under real pressure.
Secondly, it gives Arsene Wenger the option of being able to play him down either side of midfield as well as through the middle, if he feels he needs to do so because of injuries or suspensions.
Cazorla has also stressed ambition as an important factor in terms of keeping him motivated to continuously drive forward and improve on a constant basis.
“Above all, ambition. Aside from the qualities that every footballer has, you have to be ambitious. If you look at Cristiano and Messi, every year they try to improve, they want to be the best. That desire to improve, to continue wanting to be one of the best in the world.”
Arsenal are one of the luckiest sides in the Premier League in the respect that they have two world class number tens, making it difficult for Wenger to fit them into the same team.
Cazorla seems to prolong that problem for as long as possible.