Santi Cazorla believes that Arsenal will be “a big player” when it comes to competing for trophies over the coming years.

The Spain international has had another fine season as the Gunners challenge for the title and FA Cup, and he signed a new contract on Tuesday.

Cazorla was delighted to commit his future to the Club, and says the team’s ability to challenge at the top of the game helped convince him to stay.

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

“I'm very happy at the Club, being able to stay here and sign [a new] contract - it's great to get it sorted,” he 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.”

Cazorla joins Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Per Mertesacker and Gedion Zelalem in agreeing a new contract and he says this stability will aid any future success.

“Keeping the players we've got, like Per and Tomas, is important as they bring experience to the table,” he said. “They know the Club well and we're all glad that they've committed themselves to the Club.

“[This is vital] for me, for the Club, for the team. When too many changes are made, it's tough - so keeping everyone together can only be good for the team.”

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 18 Mar 2014