When is a pre-season friendly not just a pre-season friendly? When players like Santi Cazorla elevate it to something more.
The little magician captured the heart of every Arsenal fan watching their comfortable win over Everton in the Barclays Asian Trophy final.
First he provided the assist that opened the scoring. Although Theo Walcott put the ball in the back of the net, this was Cazorla’s goal.
The Spaniard hit a sumptuous ball over the top of the defence for Walcott to chase and put past the advancing Joel Robles.
Then, after the break, he actually did put the ball in the back of the net himself.
Picking the ball up on the edge of the box, Cazorla twisted and turned, bamboozling Everton defenders, before rifling a finish into the bottom corner.
Finally, before going off to a standing ovation, the two-footed magician played a one-two with Mesut Ozil for the German’s goal which sealed the win.
See how enamored Arsenal fans are with the playmaker in the tweets below.
GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Everton (62 mins). Mesut Ozil steers in the third following a one-two with Santi Cazorla #BAT2015
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 18, 2015
Santi Cazorla is such a top player! He's doubled Arsenal's lead against Everton in the Asia trophy.
— TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) July 18, 2015
— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) July 18, 2015
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 18, 2015
What a goal by Santiago Cazorla #ArsenalvEverton
— ArsenalFanTV (@arsenalfantv) July 18, 2015
Cazorla!! ⚽️ Goal & assist today.
— Sam (@samuelJayC) July 18, 2015
Gorgeous pass from Cazorla for Walcott's goal. Millimetre perfect! Lovely run & finish too 👍🏼
— Adrian Clarke (@adrianjclarke) July 18, 2015
That's a great goal. Classic Theo run and finish but the perfect pass by Cazorla.
— Culann Davies (@CulannDavies) July 18, 2015
Also, Santi cazorla is impossible not to love
— YankeeGunner (@YankeeGunner) July 18, 2015
— AFCPressWatch™ (@AFCPressWatch) July 18, 2015
Santi you absolute beauty <3
— Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) July 18, 2015
Santi you magic little munchkin!
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) July 18, 2015