Monday, November 19th, 2012
“His touch and his vision is just a joke. He is a dream to play with. He never gives the ball away, he is creative and busy round the pitch. He is a joy to play with. He is a different player to Cesc. Cesc is more of a passer. With Santi, he can pick the ball up, he can beat people, he has got a great shot on him. He is just different class and he is great to play with. There was one point when there were three players around him and he just dribbled out of it. That is up there with the best. I think I will have to watch it again to learn a few things off him!” – Jack Wilshere on Arsenal team mate Santi Cazorla.
Besides the flattering quote above, Wilshere also told journalists after Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Spurs on Saturday lunch time that his team mates should start nick naming Cazorla “Messi” or “Maradona,” so bowled over is he with the Spaniard’s ability.
Cazorla was outstanding for Arsene Wenger’s side against their north London neighbours as Arsenal ran riot against the 10 men of Spurs.
The former Malaga and Villarreal schemer brushed off a long haul flight to Panama with the Spain squad and took full advantage of Emmanuel Adebayor’s early red card, picking up pockets of space in Arsenal’s attack, especially in the second half when Tottenham effectively played without full backs.
Cazorla came off the pitch with a goal and an assist to his name (for Lukas Podolski’s deflected strike) but the Spaniard produced an absolute master class, showing all his vision and excellent technique.
The first video below includes every Santi Cazorla touch in Arsenal’s second successive 5-2 win over Tottenham and the second video is of Gooners stopping the Spaniard’s car close to the Emirates and serenading him at traffic lights.