2013/14 English Premier League
After cementing his status as one of La Liga's most consistent players, Santi Cazorla's arrival at Arsenal in the summer of 2012 was viewed as a major coup for the Gunners, who prised him away from Malaga for 15 million pounds.
Cazorla began his career in the youth teams of Oviedo before signing for Villarreal CF ahead of his 18th birthday. Initially used in the reserve team in 2002 he made his first-team debut a year later and quickly established himself in the side.
A goalless season in 2006 saw him marginalised and he opted to move to Recreativo de Huelva, although a clause in his contract stated that he could return to the Yellow Submarines for 1.2 million euros -- a clause that was put into effect just a year later.
One of the surprise names in the victorious 23-man Spain squad for Euro 2008, Cazorla benefited from the fine form that helped Villarreal claim an impressive runners-up finish in the Spanish league that season and continued to impress over the next few years at the club.
Indeed, Cazorla attracted the attention of newly-rich Malaga who paid 21 million euros for him in 2011, before their financial issues forced them to sell, with Arsenal the team to win his signature for around 15 million pounds.
The skilful playmaker endeared himself to Arsenal fans in his maiden season with his ambidextrous passing, close control and defence-splitting vision. The Spaniard enjoyed his finest goalscoring season to date, notching 12 league goals en route to becoming Arsenal's Player of the Season.
'Santi' has struggled to merit a regular starting berth in Vicente del Bosque's star-studded national squad however and he only managed 16 minutes in Spain's Euro 2012 triumph. He did play a slightly bigger part in the 2013 Confederations Cup campaign though, in which La Roja finished as runners-up.
Strengths: Consistent and versatile enough to play as a winger, centrally or even as a holding midfielder. His quick feet and ability to find a teammate accurately with either foot ensures that he is a difficult man to dispossess.
Weaknesses: The nimble playmaker has a considerably small frame, meaning he is often outmuscled in 50/50 situations.
Career high: Lifting the Euro 2008 trophy after a fine season in which he scored six goals for his club; he also claimed the Spanish Player of the Year in 2007.
Career low: Missed out on a place in Spain's 2010 World Cup winning squad due to a hernia problem.
Style: Consistent, versatile, confident, an all-round midfielder of class.
Quotes: "He's come in to the Premier League and taken it by storm -- he's our conductor. I don't even know what-footed he is, to be honest!" Theo Walcott on Cazorla's immediate impact at Arsenal.
Trivia: Cazorla bought shares in Real Oviedo -- who he represented between 1996 and 2003 -- to help keep the Carbayones afloat amid financial troubles in 2012.
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