After questioning the club’s transfer policy over recent summers, fans of Arsenal will be delighted today after the club confirmed the capture of Malaga’s Spanish international forward Santi Cazorla for a fee believed to be around £16million, fending off reported interest from Manchester City.
The 27 year-old, voted Spanish Player of the Year in 2007, becomes the club’s third major singing of the summer after the arrivals of Lukas Podolski from FC Cologne and Olivier Giroud from Montpellier, and the attacking trio will add a new dimension to the Gunners’ attacking play that is sure to excite fans at the Emirates. Whether or not Robin van Persie is around to make it a fearsome quartet remains to be seen.
But whatever the future for RVP (who isn’t bored of that saga now?) Arsenal have got themselves a bargain in Cazorla. Manager Arsene Wenger is delighted, stating that Cazorla will be “a huge asset” to the club over the course of his “long-term contract” and it will be easy for the fans to share in that optimism.
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The former Villarreal man scored nine La Liga goals last season and was instrumental in Malaga’s fourth place finish.
Cazorla should have cost significantly more than the fee the Gunners have given Malaga, but the chaos at the Spanish club, where Qatari owners have mysteriously decided to stop investing in the club after they reached the Champions League, meant that Arsenal avoided having to pay the escape clause in Cazorla’s contract (believed to be around £40million) and have got themselves a top player at a cut-price fee.
The former Villarreal man scored nine La Liga goals last season and was instrumental in Malaga’s fourth place finish, as the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time. A versatile forward who can play anywhere across the front positions, he looks tailor-made for the Premier League and for those who think he can be a big hit at the Emirates, you can bet on Cazorla to make an impact.
You can get 13/20 on Cazorla scoring more than 6.5 goals in the Premier League next season, with bwin going 11/10 that he scores under 6.5 goals. The price on him scoring seven goals or more is pretty short, but is an indication that many people expect Cazorla to do the business. Everybody connected with Arsenal will be hoping that will be the case.
Recommended bet: Cazorla to score more than 6.5 Premier League goals next season @ 13/20
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