Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger explained at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Swansea on Monday, what he feels midfielder Santi Cazorla proves.
The Spaniard has been a reliable player for the Gunners this season, injecting quality, creativity and vision to the side’s midfield every time Wenger selects him to perform.
The boss feels he is a role model for the youngsters at the club and future signings, dispelling the myth that you have to be a physically bulky person to be competitive in the Premier League.
“He's a model to watch because he proves no matter how tall you are, it's how good you are,” said Wenger.
Cazorla has a low centre of gravity, quick feet and a good burst of pace over the first five yards, which allows him to dodge opposition players in matches where he is targeted because of his size.
He has more assists than Alexis Sanchez this season, though the Chilean is ahead in terms of chances created and goals scored.
However, Sanchez has been used in more advanced positions at time this season. Cazorla is also ahead in terms of passing accuracy and the number of accurate passes he’s played this season.
ESPN linked him with a move to Atletico Madrid towards the end of March, but it would be remarkable if Wenger lets him go based on his comments and his stats from this season.