Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praises Santi Cazorla following impressive season

Santi Cazorla

The Arsenal manager has praised the midfielder for his ability to make everyone else look good.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has piled praise on midfielder Santi Cazorla to the club’s official website, after seeing him enjoy an impressive 2014/15 campaign.

The Spaniard made a total of 53 appearances for the Gunners last season, having excelled in an unfamiliar deeper-lying central midfield position at the turn of the year.

His performances were especially impressive considering he has spent most of his career as an attacking midfielder, with the move to a deeper role allowing Mesut Ozil in particular to impress further up the field.

And Wenger says Cazorla’s ability to make everyone else around him look good is an outstanding quality to have.

“He had a few games where he was unplayable,” he said.

“I do not look too much at his individual brilliance. He makes the others around him good and that’s an outstanding quality for a midfielder.”

There were a number of star performers for Wenger’s side last season, who overcame a poor start to the campaign to enjoy an imperious second half.

Their form in 2015 saw them become not only the Premier League’s in-form side but one of Europe’s as well, culminating in a third place finish and a second successive FA Cup triumph.

And despite a number of players to choose from as the player who stood out most, Wenger has named Cazorla as his star man.

“Everybody has been great,” he added.

“Santi Cazorla played over 50 games and from the start to the finish he was absolutely top.

“Maybe with the quality and the consistency included from start to finish, it’s Cazorla [who has stood out the most].”

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