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Cazorla Signs For Arsenal...Confirmed...Finally

Cazorla Signs For Arsenal...Confirmed...Finally

After a few days of teasing us all, Arsenal have finally announced the transfer of Spain international Santiago Cazorla from cash strapped Malaga. The winger was part of Spain's Euro 2012 winning squad. Arsenal have given it the old 'long term contract, undisclosed fee' spiel, but it's rumoured to have been a knock down price of around 15m Euros given Malaga's fiscal woes.

Cazorla is principally a winger, who can also play in an advanced central midfield position. The club made a move for him last summer from Villarreal, but megabucks Malaga, fuelled by Qatari investment, beat us to the punch. A year on and Arsene got his man.

The Arsenal manager said, 'Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad.

'He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. He has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal Football Club.

We are delighted that he is joining us.'

Meanwhile, the 27 year old added, 'I'm so happy to be joining Arsenal. This is a club with great players, a fantastic stadium and huge support.

'The Club has one of the best managers in football and their style of play is recognised and admired all over the world.

'I'm so excited to be joining one of the greatest teams in Europe and also in the Premier League. I will do my best to help Arsenal challenge for trophies and make all the supporters happy.'

His squad number is TBD, but he is currently in Germany with Arsenal's training camp and is in line to make his debut in the friendly v Koln on Sunday. Welcome to Arsenal Santi.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Tuesday August 7 2012
Time: 10:15AM


Awesome!!!! Summer looking good so far.
07/08/2012 10:23:00
Its great to see a creative midfielder of the class of Cazorla join the club. It can now be said that the club has signed a possible replacement for Fabregas. There are very few players of the class of Cesc worldwide and Santi is in my view one of them. Welcome to the club Santi.
07/08/2012 11:13:00
decent bloke.....that's what RVP wanted, now let him put pen to paper as well
07/08/2012 11:21:00
RVP joining up with the squad in Germany ? I wonder if this is another "Rooney" is leaving ploy?
07/08/2012 11:25:00
Nice one! My head is fairly dizzy with all this spending and activity!
07/08/2012 11:33:00
I loves a marquee signing.
07/08/2012 11:33:00
Welcome Santi! I'm very pleased with this signing, and it's been a vastly better transfer window this summer compared to previous ones. Hopefully we can add more (Sahin may come apparently). We also need a back-up RB as Jenkinson is not good enough now in my opinion. Van der Wiel maybe?
07/08/2012 11:38:00
Even though I was expecting it to be announced soon, I am still buzzing over the fact that it has now finally been confirmed. What a coup this is for our club. Good thing about him is his versatility, can play through the middle and out wide and will give us more options. I am very happy and excited about this signing and may actually attempt a cartwheel if the Sahin to Arsenal deal is confirmed over the next few days. This is the best transfer window I can think of for eons, quality signing after quality signing. RVP are you watching?!
Ned Stark
07/08/2012 11:41:00
Apparently Cesc and Pires convinced him to join too.
Ned Stark
07/08/2012 11:42:00
Jack is the final missing piece in this jigsaw puzzle
07/08/2012 12:08:00
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