Santiago "Santi" Cazorla González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsanti kaˈθorla ɣonˈθaleθ]; born 13 December 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for English club Arsenal, and for the Spanish national team. He is a versatile and ambidextrous attacking midfielder who can also play as a winger, Cazorla is noted for his speed, shooting accuracy, capacity to change the rhythm of gameplay and excellent close control. He was ranked as the tenth-best footballer in Europe by Bloomberg in 2013.
Cazorla spent most of the first half of his professional career with Villarreal, amassing La Liga totals of 253 games and 39 goals over the course of nine seasons. He also represented Recreativo de Huelva, where he won the Spanish Footballer of the Year award for the 2006–07 campaign. In 2012, he signed for Arsenal from Málaga, quickly making an impact in the first team in his first year at the club with 13 assists, after which he was voted Arsenal Player of the Season.
Cazorla represented Spain at UEFA Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, winning both tournaments, and has gained more than 75 caps. He has also played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Close