By Nik Brumsack
Arsène Wenger is delighted with Santi Cazorla’s impact since joining the Club in the summer.
The Spanish playmaker has impressed since signing from Malaga and was a major influence in Saturday’s 3-1 win at West Ham - sealing victory with a superb left-footed effort from outside the area.
Wenger heaped praise on Cazorla at full time and says that his ability with both feet stands him apart from many of his contemporaries.
“He is right footed but when you watch him play you don’t know. It shows how important that is in the modern midfield,” said Wenger.
“Right or left foot was always important, but we forget about it sometimes. Glenn Hoddle was like that - left-footed, right-footed, you could not say what he was.
“Cazorla is similar on that front. I don’t remember anyone else I have worked with who was as two-footed.”
Comparisons have been made between Cazorla and ex-Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but Wenger says such links are premature.
“It is too early to say,” he said. “Cesc played for five years in the Premier League.
“The early signs [with Cazorla] show how good Spain are because you see these kind of players and they don’t play regularly for Spain.”Copyright 2013 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 8 Oct 2012