Arsenal star Santi Cazorla happy with midfield role – Spain calls for duty
An away move has done wonders to the career of Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard has entered the list of best midfielders in the world, is considered a club hero and is now being called back in the Spanish team.
In a report on ESPN, Santi Cazorla said he enjoyed playing in the Premier League and the fact that he was away from home hadn’t hampered his selection in the Spanish team. Santi Cazorla’s come after the omission of Chelsea’s in-form midfielder Juan Mata.
Juan Mata has been dropped from the Spanish team by manager Vicente del Bosque for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France. Cazorla believes playing the Premier League has nothing to do with the snubbing of Juan Mata.
“It could be that, in the few months I have spent there, there has been more talk about me, I feel important at Arsenal, I want to keep growing and I hope I can improve a lot into the future,” Santi Cazorla said. “Juan Mata is very highly rated, he is doing great work and that is especially recognized in England. (But) the coach decides who comes with the national team.”
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder also accepted that he enjoyed the new role Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had assigned to him. Santi Cazorla, who scored his second Arsenal goal last week, has been given a mediapunta role in the heart of the midfield.
“I have adapted very well to Arsenal's style and the responsibility that they have given me since the first day,” Santi Cazorla said. “It is what I have always liked and to play in the position of mediapunta is where I have always wanted to play. I feel really good with the team, because I have great team-mates at my side who have helped me a lot.”
Arsene Wenger claims Santi Cazorla has been overshadowed because of Spain’s star-struck squad. The Frenchman is absolutely right! With the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Xabi Alonso and quite often Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla receives little playing time for Spain.
With Sergio Busquets playing a defensive role in the upcoming match, due to Spain’s lack of defenders, Santi Cazorla is expected to feature in Spain’s midfield.
“I am happy with my role, it is a privilege to be here, I have always said that,” Santi Cazorla said. “I hope I can keep helping as much as possible from inside. I feel very good and consider myself fortunate to have the opportunities I am getting.”