It may have come one year late, but Arsenal have found the replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
Santi Cazorla was one of Arsene Wenger's best signings since the Invincibles era, arriving from financially stricken Malaga for £16.5 million last summer and immediately adapting to the Premier League.
He played in every single game of the rigorous English season, winning Arsenal's player of the season award. Bar Juan Mata and Gareth Bale, you'll be hard pressed to think of an attacking midfielder in the Premier League who had a better 2012-13 season than Santi Cazorla.
In short (no pun intended), Cazorla is the perfect playmaker. His passing, dribbling and shooting abilities are all superb, but best of all, he's the most two-footed player in the Premier League (can you think of a more two-footed player?).
Each and every one of the 12 goals that the 28-year-old netted this season seemed to be spectacular for a unique reason, whether it was the left-footed dipping shot at West Ham or the uncharacteristic diving header against Reading.
Interestingly, you'll have noticed that I put Cazorla at left winger rather than central attacking midfield.
While some may be under the impression that Cazorla is best used in the center of the pitch, the stats say otherwise: In 14 appearances as a left winger, he contributed to 11 goals total (four goals, seven assists). In 29 appearances as a central attacking mid, he contributed to 13 goals total (eight goals, five assists). You do the math.
With a year of experience in England now under his belt, expect even more from the little Spaniard in 2013-14.