Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Wise to Game Plan Around Santi Cazorla

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2012

VILLAREAL, SPAIN - MARCH 17:  Santi Cazorla of Villarreal controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match between Villarreal and Bayer Leverkusen at El Madrigal stadium on March 17, 2011 in Villareal, Spain. Villarreal won 2-1. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is incredible smart to anticipate a play-making role for Spanish midfield target Santi Cazorla

According to the Mirror's John Cross, Cazorla is "central to Wenger's Arsenal plans next season."

Wenger is making a wise decision. With the departure of Robin van Persie all but a guarantee this summer, the Gunners are in need of a dynamic midfielder who can create for others and play relaxed with the ball at his feet.

At just 5'6" Cazorla fits the typical mould of a modern Spanish midfielder, making up for his lack of stature with exquisite technical ability, vision and movement. - via the Mirror's David Cartlidge

Cazorla has nine goals in 38 appearances for his current club, Malaga, which is in the midst of very serious financial struggles, according to Cross via the Mirror.

Cross also reports that Arsenal could acquire Cazorla for a cost of roughly £20 million this offseason, which is well within reach for the Gunners, who will lighten their financial burden with the sale of van Persie.

Cazorla is a supreme talent and boasts plenty of solid experience on the pitch as well. He has six goals in 45 caps for the Spanish national team. 

Cazorla has excellent pace with the ball and moves well without it. Wenger obviously has spent tons of time watching him and developing a plan to implement in 2012-13.

The English Premier League will certainly challenge Cazorla in more ways than one, but he has all of the physical attributes and abilities to shine on football's brightest stage next season. 

Only time will tell if the Spanish star will be headed to London, but for now one thing is for sure, Arsene Wenger is leading Arsenal in the right direction by molding his game plan around Gunners' target Santi Cazorla. 


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