Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla recently discussed the influx of Spaniards in the English Premier League and the addition of former Real Madrid midfielder, Mesut Ozil to his Arsenal side.
In a recent interview with Sphera Sports, Cazorla first discussed the massive addition of Ozil and doesn’t believe Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez when he said the German international couldn’t handle the pressures of the club.
“Mesut is a great player . He’s a different player who wins games. It’s nice to be with him every day because every time you learn something new. We are extremely fortunate to have him on our team. He’ll gradually adapt to what the team requires, where perhaps the change will be a little difficult, but since he arrived he’s looked very comfortable and he will continue to get better every day.
“I think he is the player Arsenal needs and I think [being a leader] is what he need , perhaps this is what he had been lacking at Real Madrid. The more important you feel, the better you play and here at Arsenal he is going to give everything. He will be the prototypical player in every way and that comes in handy. I’m sure he is going to really enjoy this club.”
Cazorla was then asked if he believes Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez’s comments that Özil left because he couldn’t handle the pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“No, no, no. I don’t think there’s a bit of truth to that. He was at Real Madrid for three years and showed his quality. I don’t know why he left Madrid, but I am certain that the pressure was not the reason. Mesut has played in big games and has always given his all. I think he left more for personal reasons, not pressure.”
Cazorla then discussed why he feels 31 Spanish players are now in the English Premier League.
“Many players want to try their luck outside of Spain because it gets montonous with just Barca and Real Madrid. Outside of Spain there are more opportunities to win titles, in Spain, with the duopoly, there isn’t. In addition, there are economic problems the country is facing.
“I don’t think La Liga has taken a step back, but it’s also true that great players like Negredo, Soldado, Navas, who are very important players in the league, have all left to the English Premier League and I think in that regard La Liga has lowered it’s quality.”
Cazorla then weighed in on his fellow Real Oviedo youth teammate, Juan Mata and the problems he is currently facing with losing his starting role at Chelsea.
“Apart from being a great teammate and player, I consider him a great friend for all we’ve been through together throughout our lives and I know he’s going through a difficult moment. He’s played two spectacular years at Chelsea, being a player who has played at the highest of levels, one of the best in the Premier League…football changes from one year to the next, but hey, I see him calm and I’m confident that his situation will change; he’s got faith In himself. I think he will show that there is room for him in Chelsea, but it’s also true that he’s going through a difficult time because going from a starter to the bench is disheartening.”
The Spanish international then discussed the rumoured summer offer from Atletico Madrid and the broken promises from Malaga owner, Adbullah Al-Thani.
“There was nothing. There was a lot of speculation in the press, but I was never notified of any interest or any offer. I don’t know where that came from.
“The change is very different (coming from Malaga). A lot of players left for the same reason, economical problems. The players left because the project did not meet what was expected, in addition to that, the club looked like it needed to sell players. It has changed the mentality of what was expected before to what actually happened. However, now I’m with a good team, and even though I fight for other causes, I wish them well because they helped me grow as a player.
“It was all strange, I do not know how the situation is now, but when I was there, I had a lot of questions and very little information. It’s hard to be in that situation. You could see that there were problems and didn’t know the reality of them. All this leads to what has happened, the players left and that the project was not the one everyone expected. I hope the situation improves because the fans are spectacular.