Santi Cazorla snubs current teammates, names one Arsenal legend in dream five-a-side team

Santi Cazorla

The Gunners midfielder's only Arsenal representative was former 'Invincibles' midfielder Robert Pires.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed his dream five-a-side team in a Twitter Q&A, and has chosen to ignore all of his current teammates in favour of two players each from Barcelona and Real Madrid, and one Gunners legend.

The Spaniard, who has not featured since November due to injury, was asked to name his ideal five stars to make up a team, and selected just one player to have turned out for the North London club.

That man was French midfielder Robert Pires, who scored 84 goals in 284 matches in six years at the club, during which he won two Premier League titles, including being a regular in the 2003-04 'Invincibles' season.

Cazorla played alongside Pires for three years at Spanish side Villarreal after the Frenchman left the Gunners, with the duo helping the club to a best-ever second-place finish in La Liga in 2007-08.

Cazorla also picked Pires' fellow World Cup-winning Frenchman Zinedine Zidane in a side packed full of skill and flair, but with little emphasis on defence.

Unsurprisingly, the 31-year-old named five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, whom he called "the best in history", in his side, alongside the Argentine's "amazing" fellow Barcelona star Andres Iniesta.

Completing the team, Cazorla chose Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, perhaps in the hope that his compatriot, who was named the world's best goalkeeper five years in a row between 2008 and 2012, would make up for the lack of defenders in the side.

With such illustrious names in his team, it is unlikely that any of the midfielder's current Gunners teammates will be too aggrieved at being left out.

Meanwhile, Cazorla said last week that he is hoping to be fit to return to action by the start of April.

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