Arsenal's Santi Cazorla reveals David Silva persuaded him to move to the Premier League
Arsenal ace Santi Cazorla has revealed David Silva and Robert Pires persuaded him to move to England.
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Last Updated: 06/10/12 12:10pm
Cazorla has been a revelation for Arsenal since his summer arrival from Malaga and has quickly established himself as a key member of Arsene Wenger's side.
The 27-year-old revealed he spoke to City attacker Silva about playing in England and that his fellow Spaniard sold him on a switch to the Premier League.
"I spoke with Silva before I came here and he said I would enjoy everything about the Premier League," Cazorla told The Daily Mirror.
"He's won the title with Manchester City and said I'd enjoy the football and the respect between players, which is different to Spain.
"I'm very much at ease, so I'm glad I came. He gave me an introduction to the adventure of English football."
Cazorla also admitted his former Villarreal team-mate and Arsenal icon Pires also played his part in helping making the move to the Emirates.
"When the interest began with Arsenal, Robert told me not to think twice, that I'd enjoy it, that it was the perfect club for me, that Arsenal has aspirations to win the title and go far," added Cazorla
"Everything so far has been true and I'm very happy here. I feel very at home, I am getting used to daily life in England, which is so different from Spain.
"It helps having Mikel Arteta here, he's supported me a lot, and I'd like to thank the Arsenal players for giving me such a warm welcome."
Cazorla is happy with Arsenal's start to the season and believes they can challenge for the title this season.
"The team has done very well. I don't think we deserved to lose against Chelsea, we deserved at least a point," continued Cazorla
"But I think we've proved we're capable of fighting teams like Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea. There's a big future for us."