Santi Cazorla admits Arsenal is inconsistent under Mikel Arteta but supports him to achieve big things
Santi Cazorla admits Arsenal is ‘inconsistent’ under Mikel Arteta but backs ex-teammate to ‘achieve big things’ ahead of Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal
- Santi Cazorla has admitted that Arsenal was inconsistent under Mikel Arteta
- The pair were teammates, and Cazorla has supported his friend to become a success
- Gunners will face another former Spaniard squad this week, Villarreal
- Midfielder was a fan favorite at Arsenal and revealed he loved playing for the club
Santi Cazorla has insisted that his former teammate Mikel Arteta is the right man to lead Arsenal, despite a season where the results have been largely inconclusive.
The Gunners are ninth in the Premier League list and are confident of winning the Europa League to secure a place in Europe next season.
But Cazorla, who played with Arteta in North London for four years under Arsene Wenger, supported his friend in becoming a good manager.
Santi Cazorla has backed his former teammate Mikel Arteta to become a success as Arsenal manager
The Spaniard admitted that the Gunners were inconsistent under Arteta, but still supports him
“I think he’s the right man to bring the club forward,” Cazorla said uefa.com.
It’s hard to follow a period like Wenger’s – the club has to adapt to a different kind of football, a different philosophy, a different vision of football.
He has a clear idea of how he wants his team to play, they are in the semi-finals and they have done well in the FA Cup [last season].
‘They were quite inconsistent, but you have to give him time and I think they are convinced that Mikel can get a lot out of the squad and achieve great things.
‘I’m good friends with him and whatever good happens to him and the club, I’d be happy for them because I’m a’ Gunner. ‘
Cazorla, who now plays in Qatar for Al Sadd with Barcelona legend Xavi as his manager, was a fan favorite with the Emirates, but left in 2018 after an ankle injury devastated his last two years at the club.
Cazorla moved to Qatar last year to play for Al Sadd and is led by Barcelona legend Xavi
The Spaniard underwent eight surgeries regarding the problem, one of which led to gangrene and doctors telling him he should only be happy to walk again after fears he could lose a leg.
Despite this injury hell, Cazorla looks back fondly on his team in England.
“I enjoyed the Premier League the most,” said Cazorla.
‘For me, playing every fortnight in the Arsenal Stadium was great, for our fans in such a beautiful and great stadium. It’s something I really miss because it’s a special feeling.
The midfield has been a favorite with Arsenal fans and looks back on his time in England with pleasure
‘I don’t know why the fans have been so good to me because I have only done what I did at every club, trying to do things the right way and bring something to the table, and the love they gave and still giving me is priceless.
“It’s unforgettable and it’s up to them that I’m such a gunner.”
The 36-year-old had two spells as a Villarreal player and ahead of the second leg of the Europa League semi-final between two of his former teams, Cazorla hopes one of them will win the trophy in Gdansk.
“All I’m asking for is that the team that makes it to the final wins the final,” said Cazorla.
‘I hope I can be there – I would like to see the Europa League final live with either team in it and above all witness the joy of the winner.’
The Gunners will face another former Cazorla side, Villarreal, in the Europa League semi-finals