3 best Arsenal midfielders of the Emirates era

  • Arsenal moved into the Emirates in 2006
  • Soft underbelly in midfield plagued end of Arsene Wenger's reign
  • Gunners have had some wonderful midfield maestros

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3. Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla joined the club in 2012 from Malaga but his Arsenal career was hampered by a range of injuries during his time at the club, to the point where the fans were never able to give him a proper goodbye.

When he was fit, Cazorla was a standout player in the midfield. Nicknamed by fans as ‘the little magician’, Cazorla played football with an elegance that made the sport look simple.

The Spaniard registered 60 G/A in 129 Premier League appearances for the club including 23 G/A in his debut season. It was his free-kick which sparked the comeback in the 2013/14 FA Cup final to win the club’s first major trophy in nine years.

Cazorla is still playing football in Spain but has stated his desire to return to the club in some role when his playing career eventually ends.

During his time in north London, Cazorla won two FA Cups and two Community Shields. Without the injuries, Cazorla had the potential to go even higher on this list. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.


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