By Rob Kelly

Santi Cazorla has revealed that former Gunners Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas influenced his decision to join Arsenal.

The Spain international has agreed a deal to move to Emirates Stadium from Malaga and is with his new team-mates for their pre-season training camp in Germany.

The 27-year-old is excited about the prospect of playing for Arsenal after being given a series of glowing recommendations about the Club.

“I have spoken to Robert Pires because he played with me at Villarreal,” Cazorla told Arsenal Player. “Obviously he knew about the rumours of me coming here and always encouraged me to sign.

“He told me it was a very good club and I was going to enjoy London, the city and the move.

“The same with Cesc Fabregas. He said this was a big club and that I was going to be very happy here, he said I would adapt easily. And I can feel that.”

Cazorla has also been encouraged by the success of his compatriots in the Premier League, and believes he will have no trouble adapting to life in England.

“It is clear that there are players like Silva, Mata, Torres and Reina who have been here a long time, so I also talked to them,” he said. “They have told me that it is great to play in the Premier League, they told me how the games are in England.

“They say it is different to Spain and that is true. You see Spanish players doing well here and that inspires you to come over as well. They have set an example and I hope I will adapt to the league as well as they have.”

Watch the full interview with Santi on Arsenal Player now.

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7 Aug 2012