Wenger: Arsenal star is unlucky not to have more international recognition

23:22 22 September 2012

Arsenal

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes former Malaga man Santi Cazorla would walk into most international teams.

The 27-year-old has caught the eye with a string of cavalier displays at the heart of Arsenal’s unbeaten start, and while he makes frequent appearances for Spain he cannot hold down a regular position and is often used off the bench.

“Cazorla is a good link between midfield and the final third. He gives you availability always to turn the game forward and an exceptional technical level,” Wenger said.

“You would think Cazorla or (Mikel) Arteta would play in many other countries, but with Spain they don’t because they have (Andres) Iniesta, (Sergi) Busquets and Xavi. Players like Cazorla and Arteta, even (Cesc) Fabregas is not always playing.

“They are all technical high-level, gifted players. It is not a coincidence, it is down to the way they educate their players (in Spain). This is a concentration on technique.”

Wenger sees similar qualities of Spain in his squad.

“Here at Arsenal, we are starting to have a little generation of players from England who are similar,” he said. “(Alex Oxlade) Chamberlain, Wilshere, (Kieran) Gibbs has good technical level, and we have some young players behind who are similar.

“I think we will see even more and more because the whole world tries to produce these types of players.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Stinky Candles are becoming surprisingly popular

Read more

BoJo uses a brick to make a point as he holds his prop aloft at the Conservative Party Conference.

Read more

Katie Price is set to make her 12th reality TV show, this time about saving her marriage to Kieran Hayler.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Arsenal Quizzes

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
Arsenal legend Tony Adams celebrates a goal against Manchester United at Highbury... will you be celebrating your quiz score? Picture: Allsport

This Arsenal history quiz will seperate the true fans from the rest. Test your knowledge of the Gunners’ illustrious history with 15 tricky teasers from London24.

Read more
Guess the managers quiz

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News