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Santi Cazorla has shown height doesn’t matter in the Premier League and the former Arsenal star is still playing despite nearly losing his leg in 2019


Trophies are the currency of success in football, but they don’t paint the whole picture.

Santi Cazorla has two European Championship medals to his name, however, no one in their right mind would attribute Spain’s success to his contribution.

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All Arsenal fans have so much time for Cazorla

Meanwhile, he has a modest two FA Cups and two Community Shields to show for his six years at Arsenal. Still, say his name to any Gooner and you’ll see him grinning from ear to ear.

His fun-guy persona no doubt helped him thrive in England, a nation known for its sense of humor. He also scored a key goal in the 2014 FA Cup final in a match that ended Arsenal’s nine-year wait for silverware.

But his ability to show off his genius on the ball is what made him so beloved – and such a gifted player.

The Spaniard is part of an elite group whose boots looked like they came with glue on the leather.

He would frequently take those who attempted to dispossess him into a merry dance, writhing somehow in space when it appeared that opponents had cut off any type of escape route.

Manchester City, then reigning Premier League champions, found out the hard way in January 2015 in what was arguably Cazorla’s greatest performance in an Arsenal shirt.


Despite this, Cazorla joins Abou Diaby and Eduardo in the group of Arsenal players who could have done so much more, only for injury to ruin their careers.

But in the eyes of Jack Wilshere, what Cazorla brought more than enough.

When asked who was the best player he had played with, Wilshere picked Cazorla, telling talkSPORT: Edge: “He could use both feet, he was only 5ft 5in tall and he just ran between the players and it was a pleasure to watch.”

At a time when being an elite athlete is an entry-level requirement for footballers, it’s amazing that Cazorla made 80 caps in what was for many years a star Spanish team and played in the Premier League for as long as he has.

Santi Cazorla has shown height doesn’t matter in the Premier League and the former Arsenal star is still playing despite nearly losing his leg in 2019

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Cazorla was part of the Spain squad that won Euro 2008 and 2012

However, the term size simply does not apply to Cazorla excellence players.

Arsène Wenger said in May 2015: “It is through its technical quality and its intelligence, it is a model to follow.

“If you go out and watch Cazorla play, you think he’s not a player, when you watch him play for Spain, who can specifically be a Premier League player.

“He’s a fantastic example that it doesn’t matter how big you are, it’s all about how good you are. He’s a very smart player and he also shows how important it is to be right-handed and left-handed in the game. Midfielder.

“He is a good example of how we should educate young players who play in midfield to be able to use their right and left foot.”

Santi Cazorla has shown height doesn’t matter in the Premier League and the former Arsenal star is still playing despite nearly losing his leg in 2019

Cazorla’s amazing skills and ability to use both feet have often left opponents bamboozled

The final years of Cazorla’s time at Arsenal saw him stumble upon what turned out to be the biggest challenge of his career and life.

An Achilles tendon injury in October 2016 laid him off, but surgery on the problem later revealed a much deeper problem in his ankle following an injury sustained three years earlier.

Cazorla revealed that he had contracted gangrene on the affected area and was worried that he could no longer walk and lose his leg. Fortunately, this danger was avoided, but of course the recovery was long.

A lesser mortal would have hung up his boots, Cazorla was well into his thirties after all. But as Wenger suggested, Cazorla isn’t fazed by the obstacles in his path.

Santi Cazorla has shown height doesn’t matter in the Premier League and the former Arsenal star is still playing despite nearly losing his leg in 2019

After Arsenal, Cazorla returned to Spain with Villarreal and even got a call-up to the national team squad in 2019

At 37, he still plays, but for Qatari club Al Sadd. Perhaps he continues to make up for lost time.

If he had a bit more luck on his side, we might mention Cazorla in the same breath as Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

But he inspires on the pitch, proving to any aspiring young footballers who might be turned down because of their height that there is another way.

And the fact that the Arsenal faithful chanted “Ohhhh, Santi Cazorrrllaaaa” after their FA Cup triumph in 2017 – a cup run he played no part in due to injury nearing the end of his career – shows that he inspires in equal measure when he’s not even playing.

Santi Cazorla has shown height doesn’t matter in the Premier League and the former Arsenal star is still playing despite nearly losing his leg in 2019

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Arsenal fans will always love Cazorla

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