If it wasn’t for the financial instability of La Liga giants Malaga, Arsenal fans would probably still be dreaming about signing a player of Santi Cazorla’s capability. The Spain midfielder was confirmed as Arsene Wenger’s latest signing earlier this week, joining Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. Many footballers are into gambling, some even online, but let’s hope this gamble pays! After signing him for cheaper than expected, the Frenchman sure must’ve felt he had woken up with a Royal Flush in his right-hand.
Cazorla only signed for Malaga last summer from Villarreal and was quick to adjust to his new surroundings, firmly establishing himself as one of Spain’s better midfielders. His arrival will further bolster the creative ranks available to Wenger, while helping to ease the blow of the likely departure of captain Robin van Persie.
His influence in the middle of the park, coupled with his goal getting ability from midfield, having netted nine times for Malaga last year, will further increase the chances of the Gunners ending their long wait for a piece of silverware. Furthermore, his arrival is a huge sign of intent for Arsenal and, even though chances are slim, may be enough to convince van Persie that his future lays at the Emirates Stadium.
He may not be the holding midfielder that the North London side need, with speculation suggesting Barcelona are preparing a big money move for Alex Song, but his ability to link the midfield and attack will be a vital asset for Wenger. After ending last season in third, one point ahead of bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, it is pivotal that the club continue to build on their Champions League qualification and spend to ensure they can bridge the gap between themselves and the top two.
Sign Cazorla, along with Giroud and Podolski, helps strengthen the attacking line, but it isn’t enough to ensure domestic glory can be obtained. With the new campaign starting in a little over a week, a number of positions need bolstering, in defence and midfield in particular. However, there is enough time before the close of the transfer window to spend the money on a number of new additions, but one question still looms; is Cazorla the last of the spending for Wenger this summer?