Alexis Sanchez says Arsenal teammate Santi Cazorla has impressed him most

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Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla has been singled out for praise by Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez has labelled teammate Santi Cazorla 'spectacular' as he told reporters from the Daily Star of the Spaniard's impressive qualities.

The Chilean international traded Barcelona for the Gunners last summer and has gone on to enjoy a wonderful debut season in the Premier League.

He readily admits he didn’t know much about his teammates before moving to North London, but after nine months he feels fully integrated and highlights Cazorla as the player who has stood out.

"When I arrived at the club I didn't know the players that well, but I was really surprised by everyone's quality,” the former Udinese man admitted.

"Santi Cazorla is a spectacular player. You never know whether he will kick the ball with his right or left foot. Also, he moves with short but quick strides, which is a remarkable trademark too.

"Although I knew about his quality, playing alongside him makes me very happy."

  GoalsAssistsKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Santiago Cazorla 7 8 2.13 2.42 50.13 6.35 31

Is Santi Cazorla enjoying the best season of his career?

The former Villarreal star arrived at the Emirates with a burgeoning reputation as an exciting playmaker, but this season he has gone beyond his very best form in La LIga.

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Cazorla has proven to be a wonderful attacking force this season despite predominantly playing as a deep midfielder alongside Francis Coquelin.

The 30-year-old has scored seven goals and added a further eight assists in 31 Premier League appearances, while averaging 50.13 accurate passes and 6.35 ball recoveries per match.

His technique, explained by Sanchez, is impeccable and his influence on the side evident – demonstrated by Arsene Wenger handing him his 100th league appearance in a Gunners shirt in under three years.

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