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Fabregas and Pires helped Cazorla decide on Arsenal

ESPN staff
August 7, 2012
Santi Cazorla had some assistance in making his decision to join Arsenal © Getty Images

New Arsenal signing Santi Cazorla has revealed that former Gunners favourites Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas helped to make his mind up about a move to Emirates Stadium.

Cazorla's arrival at the Gunners was officially announced on Tuesday as a 'long-term contract' was signed, and he then explained that discussions with his former Villarreal team-mate Pires and Spain international colleague Fabregas - both hugely popular at Arsenal after successful spells in North London - were important in his decision to sign from Malaga.

"I have spoken to Robert Pires because he played with me at Villarreal," Cazorla told Arsenal's official website. "Obviously he knew about the rumours of me coming here and always encouraged me to sign.

"He told me it was a very good club and I was going to enjoy London, the city and the move.

"The same with Cesc Fabregas. He said this was a big club and that I was going to be very happy here, he said I would adapt easily. And I can feel that."

Another major factor in Cazorla's mind being made up was the ease of transition to life in the Premier League experienced by some of his other compatriots.

"It is clear that there are players like [David] Silva, [Juan] Mata, [Fernando] Torres and [Pepe] Reina who have been here a long time, so I also talked to them," he said. "They have told me that it is great to play in the Premier League, they told me how the games are in England.

"They say it is different to Spain and that is true. You see Spanish players doing well here and that inspires you to come over as well. They have set an example and I hope I will adapt to the league as well as they have."

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