By Nik Brumsack
Santi Cazorla says he loves the attacking nature of English football, and is grateful to his Arsenal team-mates for helping him to settle so quickly at the Club.
The Spanish international has hit the ground running since signing from Malaga in the summer, scoring twice and emerging as the focal point in Arsenal’s forward play.
And while Cazorla is happy with the way he has adapted to the Premier League, he insists he can still improve.
“The football is a lot quicker than in Spain but not as tactical,” Cazorla told Arsenal Player. “Here it seems that teams’ first priority is to attack instead of defending their goal, which is great. It’s a huge change for me but I hope to keep on improving.
“As I’ve said before, it is thanks to the Club, my team-mates and Arsenal’s footballing philosophy that I’ve found it easier to integrate into the side and into the Premier League in general. I’m happy. I still think I’ve got room for improvement, and so do the team, but we hope to keep on improving.”
Having experienced the top tier of domestic football in both Spain and England, Cazorla says it’s almost impossible to pick which of the two is the stronger league.
“It’s difficult trying to pick one [European] league over the others. There are massive clubs in many of them, especially in the Spanish and the English leagues.
“There are very good teams competing with each other, for example in European competitions with Chelsea winning the Champions League last year, and Barcelona winning it before that. It’s very difficult to choose between the two.”
Watch the full interview with Santi on Arsenal Player.
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