As reported by Jason Le Miere of the International Business Times, former Malaga man Santi Cazorla has become a Gunner for an undisclosed transfer fee. Arsenal has added a solid attacking midfielder whose presence will be felt this upcoming English Premier League season.
Cazorla has been called "one of the most consistent players in the Spanish league" in his ESPN bio and for good reason. He hasn't posted less than five goals in a La Liga season since 2005 with Villareal and has posted at least five assists in four of the past five seasons for his respective clubs.
While Cazorla did have nine goals for Malaga last year, he is aiming for a higher total in that category in his first year as a Gunner, telling Arsenal.com writer Rob Kelly:
You always want to get better. I scored nine goals in La Liga last season, so I want to exceed that. It is always positive to do that. But we’ll see how the season goes. Hopefully I will be able to score a lot to help the team and have a good season.
The great thing about adding a talented midfielder like Cazorla is the fact that he can play almost wherever manager Arsene Wenger might want him over the course of a season.
He has proven his skills in the center midfield or a winger which gives Wenger a chance to throw different looks at the other EPL teams when they play his club the second or third time around.
It also means Carzola wont be riding the bench if someone else on the roster proves more effective at one of the multiple positions he can play on the pitch.
Cazorla can make an impact for Arsenal at several different positions, giving the team depth in certain areas but also being able to impact a game from different points on the pitch.
Cazorla's new manager weighed in on the signing telling Arsenal.com in a different article:
He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. [Cazorla] has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal Football Club. We are delighted that he is joining us.
Next to fellow summer signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, the Gunners have been on quite the little recruiting tour so far which could very well take Arsenal to first or second place in the EPL next season.