Santi Cazorla believes that he can be a success in England despite his height and has expressed his happiness at his new position.
The 27-year-old joined Arsenal this summer after financially uncertain Malaga were forced to sell him and Cazorla is insistent that his surprise move can be a success, despite his 5ft6 frame.
“Here in England there is a faster rhythm to the game, a higher tempo. In Spain games are more cautious, more tactical. Here there is more tempo, more to-ing and fro-ing, but I like it,” he reflected on his new club’s official website.
“It’s overstated, the idea that smaller, technical players can’t do well here. We have powerful players in Spain, too.
“Being tall isn’t what makes you a good footballer and I don’t think that’s the defining factor in English football at all.”
The Spaniard also made clear that he is happy in England for another reason, the freedom afforded to him by Arsene Wenger.
“The manager played me as a second striker [at the weekend], with the freedom that I like to have.
“It’s a position I really like, and it's not one I’ve played in much in recent years, but I will play there without problems.”