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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 C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-2013 37 + 1 12 7 0 2 + 1 0 1 0 0 0 47 + 2 12
2013-2014 30 + 1 4 6 + 2 0 4 + 2 3 1 0 0 0 41 + 5 7
2014-2015 6 + 2 0 4 + 1 0 0 0 0 + 1 0 1 1 11 + 4 1
Total 73 + 4 16 17 + 3 0 6 + 3 3 2 + 1 0 1 1 99 + 11 20

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13

August

Santi kicked off his campaign with another goal at Wembley, slotting home Arsenal's opener against Manchester City in the Community Shield. The diminutive Spaniard set up Aaron Ramsey's goal against Everton with a low cross and was also involved in Alexis Sanchez's strike against Leicester. The 29-year-old has also revealed his personal targets for the season. “I hope to equal or beat my goalscoring tally from last year,” he said. “That's something every player wants to achieve. Hopefully I'll help the team with many goals because that would be a signal that I can be useful. “Apart from that, I'd like to play as much as possible. Luckily the manager has always trusted me in the previous two years. I played a good number of games and hopefully I'll keep doing so.”

September

Santi started against Aston Villa but impressed three more times off the bench in September, including an influential 44 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur.

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.

September

Santi's only appearance came against Tottenham in September. The Spaniard picked up an ankle injury before the Sunderland game that kept him out of action for the rest of the month.

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.

November

Santi featured in all six of Arsenal's games in November and scored his first goal of the season with a expertly-taken effort against Liverpool. The Spaniard, along with Mesut Ozil, operated mostly from the flanks but due to the flexibility of Arsenal's midfield, was able to drift inside and cause problems for opposition defences with his passing ability. "I feel comfortable playing on the left flank" Santi told Arsenal Player. "Starting on the left is fine as long as I have the freedom to move on the pitch. The main difference is the way you play when the opponent has possession. As soon as we get the ball back, Mesut [Ozi] Jack [Wilshere] or myself are free to change positions, however as soon as we give the ball away, we have certain duties to fulfil."

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."

February

Santi continued his good form in February. The Spaniard provided an exquisite pass for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first goal against Crystal Palace. Santi went on to start four more times for the Gunners during the month.

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."

April

After a disappointing start to April against Everton, Santi tucked home the winning penalty to send Arsenal to the FA Cup final at Wembley. The Spanish playmaker also provided assists for three more Arsenal goals in April and showed his versatility throughout the month by playing on both wings and just behind the striker.

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."

September

Santi continued his impressive start to life at Arsenal with a series of sparkling performances in September. The Spanish playmaker grabbed his first goal for the Club in a 2-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield.

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.”

November

Santi was an ever-present throughout November, starting in every one of Arsenal’s fixtures. The playmaker scored a consolation at Old Trafford and, like Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, scored in his first north London derby appearance, where he was also named man of the match. “I feel valued here,” he told Arsenal Player. “The manager gives me confidence, and within the team I have a responsibility that I love having. Little by little, I hope to keep improving and I hope to help the team as much as possible.”

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.

February

Santi enjoyed a fruitful February, scoring the winner in a man of the match display against Sunderland before also securing victory against Aston Villa with a brace. The Spaniard appeared in all of Arsenal’s fixtures and is still the only member of Arsene Wenger’s squad to have featured in every Premier League fixture this season. “You see he takes his chances with his technique and his feeling,” Per Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “He is the perfect footballer."

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.

April

Santi continued his record of being the only Arsenal player to feature in every Premier League game in the 2012/13 season after starting every game during April. "What I’ve taken from this year is that as a team we weren’t very consistent for half of the season, which cost us in terms of reaching the higher positions in the league," he told Arsenal Player. "Now we’re a lot more consistent and that’s the form we were lacking before - being consistent and getting the three points whenever we could. We’re a long way off the top because of this lack of form, even though it was only for half the season.”

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."