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Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 146

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Santi Cazorla continued Arsenal's momentum from last season's FA Cup win into the new season with the opening goal in Arsenal's 3-0 Community Shield win over Manchester City.
With so much focus on new arrivals Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, it was the old guard in the form of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud who scored for Arsenal as they swept to a relatively easy Community Shield win. City's side were decidedly weakened by the absences of Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero but Arsenal were likewise missing Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil so the win cannot be entirely discounted. The match was more important for Arsenal than City and it will help them hit the ground running when the season kicks off on Saturday. Aug 10 - 12:19 PM

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The arrival of Alexis Sanchez likely means that Santi Cazorla will be pushed to the bench as soon as Theo Walcott is healthy if not sooner.

Arsenal's preferred starting front six is likely to be Mikel Arteta (or a yet-to-be-purchased replacement), Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud. With Walcott not ready to start the season, Sanchez will likely start on the right in Walcott's preferred spot with Cazorla taking the spot to the left of Giroud. As soon as Walcott is ready to go (projected as mid-September), Cazorla is likely to be pushed to the bench.
Aug 6 - 12:25 PM

Arsenal's aggressive summer of recruiting may be set to continue with reliable sources indicating that Porto attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero may well be moving to the Emirates next week.

With holding midfielder still a glaring need, Arsenal supporters may be wondering why Arsene Wenger is focusing his attention on the very well stocked attacking midfielder spot. At 21 years old, the recruitment of Quintero, if it comes to fruition, may signal the departure of Lukas Podolski and/or Santi Cazorla. Recognizing that both veteran attackers are unlikely to be satisfied with marginal roles now that Alexis Sanchez is in town, Wenger may be taking the opportunity to bring in an even younger reserve and off-load the large salaries being taken home by Cazorla and Podolski.
Jul 31 - 2:38 PM

Spain Starting XI: Reina; Juanfran, Ramos, Albiol, Alba; Cazorla, Alonso, Koke, Iniesta; Torres, Villa.

A new lineup for Spain as a few players who are probably playing in their last World Cup get the start.
Source: Squawka
Jun 23 - 11:01 AM

Santi Cazorla's name has come up on multiple occasions this summer, primarily with potential moves back to La Liga and today he has been linked to Atletico Madrid.

It isn't hard to see how this one could have some legs. Arsene Wenger isn't big on outfield players in their 30s. Cazorla just turned 30. If Arsenal are healthy, Cazorla is probably a squad player, not a starter. Atletico Madrid look likely to be raided this summer with at least some of Diego Costa, Koke, Filipe Luis, and Thibault Corrtois leaving. As a result, Atletico will have lots of money and lots of needs. It wouldn't be shocking to see Arsenal sell Cazorla and buy another attacking midfielder entering his prime or give those reserve/deputy minutes to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and/or Serge Gnabry next season.
Jun 17 - 9:58 AM

Santi Cazorla hasn't had a very good campaign but his form is improving and he stepped up in a big way against Fulham with a brace in a 2-0 win.

The little Spaniard scored twice in quick succession to see Arsenal repeat the script that saw them beat Cardiff City by the same 2-0 scoreline last weekend. Arsenal has taken to struggling early despite dominating possession and then scoring twice quickly and then seeing out the match fairly comfortably. There were a number of positive signs for Arsenal in addition to Cazorla's brace including Serge Gnabry's strong play, two excellent Lukas Podolski chances and the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from injury.

Santi Cazorla scored Arsenal's opener and Aaron Ramsey continued his incredible season to close the deal 2-0 over Liverpool at the Emirates.

In the battle for first place in the table between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates, Santi Cazorla scored from his own rebound to put Arsenal ahead 1-0 in the first half. Olivier Giroud had a couple of makeable chances before the halftime whistle but couldn't make them count. In the second half, the hero of the season so far, Aaron Ramsey, scored from distance to provide the final margin. Mesut Ozil had two chances to put it out of reach but, like Giroud, he couldn't find the back of the net. Liverpool had a couple of decent chances late but Arsenal held on for the clean sheet victory and a five point lead over Liverpool and Chelsea with Spurs still to play on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 06:37:00 PM

Santi Cazorla has returned from the international break ready to resume Premier League action - the only question is whether he will start or come off the bench this week.

The mouth waters at the possibilities for the Gooners with Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil joining forces in the Arsenal midfield. Whether that partnership is on display from the opening whistle against Norwich is a reasonable question as Cazorla recovers his match fitness. Whenever it happens, it is likely to be footballing (and fantasy) magic. The only lingering question is who will make way. Could it be Wilshere?
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:39:00 PM

Santi Cazorla will miss a second straight week with an ankle complaint.

Gooners everywhere are excited at the potential pairing of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil in midfield but they will have to wait for at least another week while the Spaniard continues his recovery from an ankle issue. Expect the midfield to be unchanged from the Champions League match against Marseille.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 03:31:00 PM

Arsenal broke their long-standing transfer deadlock in style with the signing of German international Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Arsenal's biggest need wasn't necessarily at creative/attacking midfielder but when you get a chance to bring in a player of Ozil's quality you do it. Even more so if you've been struggling to bring in top talent for a number of years. This signing makes Arsenal a legitimate contender for the top four after it appeared that they might have slipped behind Spurs and maybe even Liverpool. It should also boost the fantasy values of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 07:58:00 PM

Sky Sports News understands that Arsenal are in 'advanced talks' with Real Madrid to sign attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil.

The Gunners are close to securing the player they wanted three years ago in a deal reportedly worth £42.5million. Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain have also been strongly linked with Ozil in recent days but Arsenal are currently in pole position and it would be a huge statement of intent. Arsenal's only purchases so far have been the free transfers of Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini so there is still plenty of money available to add to the squad.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 05:06:00 AM

Santi Cazorla played most of Spain's match in South America in mid-week and will be assessed upon his return to London.

Arsenal rarely seem to fare well when their players go out on international duty and this week was no exception. Cazorla's issues are entirely due to exertion - he played most of the match - and distance traveled. Assuming he isn't too tight from the long flights it seems likely that he'll start against Aston Villa - especially given the injury concerns from some of his fellow midfielders.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 03:50:00 PM

Arsenal have had diminuative winger/attacking midfielder Omar Abdulrahman in for a trial with an eye toward a move to the Emirates Stadium.

With Santi Cazorla closing in rapidly on 30 years old and Arsene Wenger seemingly unable to have enough young hybrid winger/attacking midfielders, Arsenal are looking to sign the Emiratee international. Widely viewed as one of the top, if not THE top, players in Asia Amoory, as he's commonly known, would join Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Serge Gnabry, and Gedion Zelalem in line for playing time in front of Arteta and Wilshere and around Olivier Giroud.

The Santi Cazorla rumors were flying quickly as he was rumored to be going to Atletico Madrid in the morning and then not by the end of the day.

It is hard to imagine that Arsenal have any interest in selling the Spanish attacking midfielder. The only scenario that makes much sense here is if Cesc Fabregas were interested in leaving Barcelona and rather than going to Manchester United as rumored were to make a return to Arsenal. This isn't to imply that this scenario is a likely one but it, or something like it, would be the only way Arsenal would be interested in selling such a productive player.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 12:43:00 AM