Cazorla on his ankle, Ozil, Mata and more

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla has given an interview to Sphera Sports in which he talks about his ankle, Mesut Ozil, and Juan Mata amongst other things.

Picking up an ankle knock while on international duty with Spain, the midfielder spent some time in a protective boot but he hopes that he will be able to return for Arsenal’s second Champions League game against Napoli at the Emirates on October 1st.

Cazorla said

I hope to be back shortly Every day I’m feeling better and I’m working on all ways to reduce my downtime. It all depends on how I train and strenghten my ankle. As the days go try to go about doing more things and if all goes well I will try to return for the game against Napoli, but that’s not certain.

Santi has yet to play with Mesut Ozil but he knows enough about him from training and watching him play for Arsenal to know what he brings to the side.

The Spaniard added

Mesut is a TOP player. He is a different player that wins games. It’s nice to be with him every day because every time you learn something new. It is fortunate to have him on our team, he’s tremendous. Gradually we’ll adapt to what the team requires, where perhaps the change will cost a bit, but it looks since good since he arrived, which is very comfortable and every day we should get better.

No, no, no. I do not think that [Ozil couldn’t handle the pressure at Madrid]. He has been at Real Madrid for three years and he has proven his quality. I do not know what has come out of Madrid, but I’m sure the pressure has not been an issue. Mesut has played big games and he has always met the challenge. I think he left for more personal reasons, not pressure.

Speaking about the most promising player at Arsenal he said

Jack and Aaron are spectacular players. They are young, with incredible futures, especially Aaron who has been very very good, scoring many goals and adding many things to the team. Hopefully he can maintain that level because the more quality and competition we have, the better it will be for the team. And now with Mikel’s recovery, and with the arrival of Flamini, the coach will have more options.

Asked about Juan Mata who almost signed for Arsenal before he went to Chelsea and is now being frozen out by Mourinho, Cazorla said

Mata is a great teammate and a great player, I consider him a great friend as we’ve lived together for many years. He has served two brilliant  years at Chelsea, being their best player with tremendous performances, and he is one of the best players in the Premier League. But football changes from one year to another, but hey. I see him remaining calm, confident that his situation will change, and he has faith in himself. I think he’ll show that there is still room for him at Chelsea, but it is true that he is now going through a difficult time because by not playing, and going from being an important start to the bench is difficult to take in.

And finally, asked if he thinks Arsenal can fight for the title, Cazorla was cautious but optimistic, saying

Hopefully we win the title, but it is too early to talk about it. The beginning is very good. After the first loss the team is performing at a good level. We are consistent, that is what we lacked last season. Furthermore, the incorporation of Mesut Özil has given us  a big leap in quality. Hopefully we can now become one of the great teams and that gives us the chance to fight for the title.

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