Arsenal Team of the Decade: Van Persie in, Aubameyang out

One of the most gifted midfielders of his generation, Santi Cazorla lit up the Emirates during his six-year stay at Arsenal.

Signed from Malaga in 2012, he settled immediately and became one of the Gunners’ most influential players, playing in a number of roles across the midfield and attack.

Cazorla would control the tempo of games in midfield, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey running off him.

The Spaniard – who produced one of the best midfield performances the Premier League has seen when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 win at Manchester City in 2015 – was hugely influential in Arsenal’s FA Cup wins of 2014 and 2015.

He scored the free-kick which started the comeback in the final against Hull in 2014 and was named man of match when Arsenal retained the cup a year later with victory over Aston Villa.

Injuries, unfortunately, disrupted the midfielder’s final two seasons at the club, but still scored 29 goals in 180 appearances for the Gunners, while also registering 42 assists.



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