Santi Cazorla has hailed the “incredible” Michu ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Swansea City on Saturday.

The two Spaniards grew up together in the youth teams at Real Oviedo, and both recently bought shares in the club to ensure its survival.

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  Michu has scored three times against the Gunners already this season, and Cazorla is wary of the threat his friend will pose at the Liberty Stadium.

“We played together in the youth teams at Oviedo, we are great friends and I know him well,” he told Arsenal Player. “I'm sure we'll be texting each other between now and the game.

“A lot of people were surprised at his impact [in England] but I wasn't, absolutely not. I think he's an incredible footballer and also one that's only improving.

“Every day he has more potential. I'm very happy for him because we're such good friends and, above all, because he's playing so well in a team like Swansea.”

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Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 15 Mar 2013