Málaga star Santi Cazorla will become an Arsenal player, according to John Cross at Mirror Football.
Sid Lowe at The Guardian reported:
The Málaga coach, Manuel Pellegrini, has warned Arsenal that they cannot expect to sign Santi Cazorla for a knockdown price but has stopped short of saying the Spaniard is not for sale.
Considering the Spanish club's deteriorating financial situation, Arsène Wenger should be able to negotiate the £20 million down to £8-12 million.
Cazorla starts out wide but he isn't an old school winger like Antonio Valencia. Nor is the Spaniard an inside-out winger like Arjen Robben.
Cazorla is a false winger or a "central winger"; a term Michael Cox at Zonal Marking coined:
A clear contradiction in terms, but it’s not as ludicrous as it might seem. The result is that these players interpret the playmaker position differently. Rather than staying central and trying to find space in between the lines, they drift to the flanks and pick the ball up there.
The role has emerged more by chance than by design and therefore it’s difficult to draw too many conclusions about the intention of coaches using such players. Then again, the same could be said of Francesco Totti pioneering the ‘false nine’ at Roma, and that role has dominated tactical debate for the last couple of years.
Cazorla operates excellently in tight spaces and his dribbling is so smooth that he can walk past players. He works hard without the ball, which is why he won back possession 4.8 times per game last season. Cazorla can competently play every midfield position.
Signing him would mean Wenger has in a win-now mentality.