By Rob Kelly
The central trio had never played together before this season, but have been in fine form in recent weeks to help Arsenal win three consecutive league games.
Spain international Cazorla is delighted with how they have adapted to each other’s games, and believes it bodes well for the rest of the campaign.
“Every day that goes by we understand each other better,” he told Arsenal Player. “It is very easy for me to play with them.
“Mikel is more of a tactical player, a very important player in any side. He always has to be well positioned, to cover the open spaces that we leave further up the field.
“And Jack is an amazing football player. I did not know him well because when I arrived he was injured, but every day that goes by I understand why he is so well rated here, and especially for what he brings to the team.”
Cazorla has lit up the Premier League with a series of superlative displays since his arrival in August, and he says compatriot Arteta has helped him settle.
“There is a reason he is the vice-captain of the team: he is a reference player in the dressing room,” he said. “He has helped me a lot.
“He knew I was a new signing, that it would be a positive experience for me but that I would also need time. He has had a calming effect on me.
“He has shown his confidence in me, and it is clear that Mikel has been key in my adaptation because he has always helped me.”
Cazorla is surprised Arteta has never represented the Spanish national team, but says the fierce competition for places makes it difficult for any player to get a call-up.
“Well, it does surprise me because he is a top player, but at the same time, we always talk about hard it is to get into the national side,” he said.
“I think this is an amazing moment for the national side, especially for the number of players in midfield, and he is aware of that.
“He is still very keen to go, and I really hope that he is able to do it. I know it is a dream for him and he is working very hard to get that opportunity.”
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