The Spaniard has been playing deeper in midfield over the last six months and is relishing the challenge.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has stated to the club’s official website that despite being used to operating as a winger or offensive playmaker, he is loving playing in a deeper role for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger has partnered the creative playmaker with enforcer Francis Coquelin in his side’s boiler room over the last six months, with the pair striking up an impressive understanding.
Despite a section of the Emirates Stadium faithful calling out for midfield reinforcements and Cazorla being a more technical player than physical, the former Malaga and Villarreal star has stated that he is happy in the heart of the side.
“I’m always ready to play in any position on the field,” he told the club’s official website.
“Luckily I’ve played in many different places, such as both wings, behind the striker or as a midfielder. Therefore, I am no stranger to this new position.
“As soon as the manager informed me about my role change, I told him I was ready for it. To be honest I’ve found myself very comfortable in this new position since the very first day.
“I’m a player who needs to touch the ball as much as possible and for any possible purpose on the pitch, from giving an assist to a short pass.
“The more I touch the ball, the more confident I get and that’s why I need to have contact with the ball. If I don’t touch it for a period of time I feel uneasy. Thanks to playing in this new position, I’m touching the ball a lot and that makes me happy.
“I’m loving my new position on the pitch.”
Cazorla was uncharacteristically guilty of coughing up possession too frequently against Liverpool in an entertaining 0-0 clash at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, but also showed his calibre with a sublime through ball for Aaron Ramsey’s disallowed goal.
The Welshman and Jack Wilshere are also int he running to play alongside enforcer Coquelin, but it appears for the time being that the Spaniard will continue to play in a deeper role.