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Santi Cazorla

Santi continued to impress during his second campaign at Arsenal. Despite some early-season injury problems, the Spaniard was a mainstay in the team, starting 41 games and scoring seven goals. He showed his versatility by regularly interchanging positions across Arsenal's midfield and attack, while combining well with Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil.

Santi opened his account for the season with an excellent strike against Liverpool before scoring four goals in January. He produced his best moment in an Arsenal shirt in the FA Cup final against Hull City with a stunning free-kick to haul the Gunners back into the game.

Santi Cazorla Profile

Born December 13, 1984
Llanera, Spain
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Previous Club(s) Malaga, Villarreal, Recreativo, Villarreal, Oviedo

Signed from Malaga in August 2012, the technically-gifted playmaker slotted seamlessly into Premier League life - and proceeded to play more games than any other squad member during the 2013/13 campaign, including all 38 league matches.

Before joining Malaga in 2011, Santi spent two successful spells at Villarreal, making 181 appearances and helping them to second place in La Liga in 2008. In between those two spells he was named Spanish Player of the Year in 2007 while with Recreativo de Huelva.

He is a regular in the Spain set-up and was a member of their victorious Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 squads. He also featured in Spain’s run to the 2013 Confederations Cup final and was named in their squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Santi Cazorla's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-2013 37 + 1 12 7 0 2 + 1 0 1 0 47 + 2 12
2013-2014 30 + 1 4 6 + 2 0 4 + 2 3 1 0 41 + 5 7
Total 67 + 2 16 13 + 2 0 6 + 3 3 2 0 88 + 7 19

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13

August

Santi returned to pre-season training a few weeks later than normal after his involvement in the Confederations Cup for Spain. He started from the bench against Aston Villa but was introduced at half-time after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury. Santi played in every minute of Arsenal's games after that and played an important part in the side's three straight wins.

October

Santi returned to the team after missing the majority of Arsenal's September games with an ankle injury. The Spanish playmaker started the game against Norwich City and was involved in the build-up to Jack Wilshere's stunning goal in the first half. Santi came on as a substitute in the defeat to Borussia Dortmund and his introduction seemed to swing the momentum towards the home side before Robert Lewandowski's late winner.

December

Santi started the first three games in December before being rested against Man City and Chelsea. The Spaniard returned to the side for the win over West Ham, when he produced a bright performance and provided the pass for Theo Walcott's equalising goal.

January

Santi produced a string of sparkling performances in January. The Spanish playmaker thumped home Arsenal's first against Tottenham before scoring an eye-catching brace in the win at home to Fulham. The goals kept coming for the 29-year-old with further strikes against Coventry and Southampton. Speaking after the win over Spurs, Santi said: "We played really well as a team. Tottenham have some good players but we played at a good level and we just need to continue that now."

March

Santi played completed every minute of Arsenal's seven fixtures in March and committed his long-term future to Arsenal by signing a new contract. The Spaniard produced bright performances in the games against Everton, Tottenham and Manchester City but struggled to make an impact in the disappointing defeats to Stoke City and Chelsea. "I'm very happy at the club, being able to stay here and sign [a new] contract - it's great to get it sorted,” Santi told Arsenal Player. "I like being here, I'm happy and I think that the Club can be a big player in competing for the top trophies in years to come. That's important for me. "One of the main reasons for coming here was to get better as a player and joining Arsenal has definitely made me a better player."

May

Santi produced his best moment in an Arsenal shirt when he scored a stunning free-kick to haul Arsenal back into the FA Cup final after they conceded two early goals. The Spaniard also added to his assist tally when his corner was headed home by Olivier Giroud against West Brom. Santi finished another impressive campaign with seven goals and 47 appearances.

August

Santi made an exciting start to his Arsenal career, picking up the man of the match award on his debut for the Club against Sunderland. The Spain international scored for his national side in a friendly win over Puerto Rico and followed that with another accomplished display at Stoke. "Every day I’m becoming more used to [my team-mates] and I'm enjoying myself more," he said. "The Club have done a lot to help me settle in the team and to make it easy for me to get used to life in the city. Every day is a little bit better and I feel a little more comfortable."

October

Santi made five appearances over October, scoring once with a blockbuster against West ham that won the Club’s Goal of the Month award. The Spaniard drew praise from Arsene Wenger after that game, stating: “He is right footed but when you watch him play you don’t know. It shows how important that is in the modern midfield.”

December

Santi played in every game except the Champions League defeat to Olympiacos in December. The Spanish playmaker scored his first hat-trick for the Club against Reading, a performance that saw him named man of the match. "It’s a pleasure for anyone to play with a player like Santi," Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player. "You can give him the ball in tight situations and you can trust him to get out of them and create things. We’ve been working on getting him and Jack [Wilshere] in behind the lines, between the defence and the midfield and picking up little pockets of space. When you get the ball to them two in those positions, especially Santi, he can create things - shots on target, goals and assists.”

January

Santi maintained his record of playing in all of the Club’s Premier League games this season and scored against West Ham United with an audacious backheel. The playmaker was also deployed in both FA Cup games against Swansea City.

March

Santi is still the only Arsenal player to have featured in every Premier League game this season after playing every minute of Arsenal’s March fixtures. An impressive performance against Swansea saw him named man of the match, before he finished the month in style by netting in the 4-1 win against Reading at Emirates Stadium. “For any footballer, it’s the most important thing to make the people who support you happy and give back to them on the pitch,” Santi said on his positive relationship with the Club’s fans.

May

Santi finished an exceptional first season in England as the only Arsenal player to feature in all 38 league games. The Spaniard was in scintillating form against Wigan Athletic, creating all four goals and winning the man-of-the-match award in a 4-1 win. “I think he is a bit of an underrated player in the Premier League,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal Player. “When you think he was not in the [PFA] team of the season picked by the players, it's quite harsh. Personally I would have put him in there."