By Rob Kelly

Santi Cazorla says some of Spain’s finest played an influential role in his decision to move to England - and he already finds it a “wonderful place to play football”.

Arsenal were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Sunderland on Saturday, but the 27-year-old was widely praised for his superb performance in midfield.

The Spain international was delighted with his debut, and says the Premier League is living up to the praise bestowed on it by some of his friends.

“I spoke to Juan Mata, [Fernando] Torres, Pepe Reina and Mikel Arteta,” Cazorla said. “They all like it here and were really positive about me coming here.

“It’s a great league and it’s a different challenge. There’s a great passion for football here and it’s a wonderful place to play your football.

“My initial impressions are really good and I’m really happy to be here. Hopefully we can have a great season this year and with any luck I’ll be able to help the team achieve great things.”

Cazorla is enjoying his new life in England, and entertained his new team-mates during his ‘initiation’ ceremony at the Club.

“Here the new signings always have to sing a song when they arrive at the Club and so I had to do it the other day, just like everyone else,” he said.

“I did the Macarena. Yes, I know that Mata did the same song at Chelsea. It’s quite an easy song to do and people seem to like it!”

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20 Aug 2012