Skip to main content

Spain winger Cazorla joins Arsenal from Malaga

updated 11:54 AM EDT, Tue August 7, 2012
Spain's Santi Cazorla has been capped 45 times.
Spain's Santi Cazorla has been capped 45 times.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spanish footballer Santi Cazorla joins Arsenal for undisclosed sum
  • His former club Malaga is undergoing a process of "internal restructuring"
  • High-profile signing follows arrival of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski
  • Arsenal must now wait to find out if captain Robin van Persie will stay

(CNN) -- Spain international Santi Cazorla has joined English Premier League club Arsenal from Malaga on a long-term deal.

The versatile midfielder has been signed for an undisclosed sum -- believed to be around $23.5 million -- with the length of his contract also unspecified by Arsenal.

The 27-year-old was a key player in the Malaga side, which finished fourth in La Liga last season to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in the club's history.

"Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

"He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad.

Muamba: I've played football again
China investors look to Italian football
Training to be an Olympic athlete
Del Piero's Juventus love affair

"He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. He has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal."

Will big football club's beat Financial Fair Play rules?

Named Spanish Player of the Year in 2007, Cazorla joined Malaga in 2011 following two stints with Villarreal.

He has been capped 45 times by Spain, and was part of their winning squad at this year's European Championships and in 2008.

"I'm so excited to be joining one of the greatest teams in Europe and also in the Premier League," he said.

"I will do my best to help Arsenal challenge for trophies and make all the supporters happy."

'Supporter for sale' finds new home at Spurs

Malaga recently announced it was undergoing a process of "internal restructuring," with owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nassar Al-Thani -- a member of the Qatar royal family -- reportedly wanting to sell up after only two years.

Cazorla's arrival at Arsenal follows the club's summer signings of Germany forward Lukas Podolski and France international striker Olivier Giroud.

With the start of the Premier League season less than a fortnight away, the focus will now switch to whether Arsenal captain Robin van Persie will stay at the Emirates.

Last month the Dutch striker, who has a year left on his contract, revealed his intention not to sign a new deal with the London club.

So far Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus have made bids for the 28-year-old -- all of which have been rejected by Arsenal.

"I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract," said Van Persie.

"You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions."

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 7:51 AM EDT, Fri August 15, 2014
Last season Jose Mourinho wrote off the title of hopes of his "little horse" -- but now he has a squad primed to dethrone Manchester City.
updated 2:58 PM EDT, Thu August 14, 2014
Luis Suarez will have to wait until late October to make his competitive Barcelona debut his ban for biting an opponent was partially upheld.
updated 12:49 PM EDT, Thu August 14, 2014
Can Louis van Gaal cut it at Manchester United? Will Bayern conquer all in Germany? Is this PSG's year to win the Champions League?
updated 6:12 AM EDT, Thu August 7, 2014
It's been a difficult year for Barcelona on and off the pitch, and the signing of Luis Suarez has only increased the prospect of more controversy.
updated 10:35 AM EDT, Mon August 11, 2014
Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who scored a total of 16 goals at four World Cup finals, has announced his retirement from international football.
updated 7:45 AM EDT, Thu July 31, 2014
Cultural y Deportivo Leonesa line up in their tuxedo kit.
When celebrating an important anniversary, it's always good to look your best. At least that's theory for a Spanish football team's preseason tuxedo kit.
updated 7:03 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
While many top European clubs are targeting the U.S. market, French football is setting its sights on expanding into Asia -- with China playing a key role.
updated 8:29 AM EDT, Sun July 27, 2014
Major League Soccer has snared another big name from England with former Chelsea star Frank Lampard committing his future to New York City FC.
updated 12:56 PM EDT, Wed July 23, 2014
Europe's top clubs have booked a summer holiday to the U.S. -- but this is business not pleasure as they look to cash in on the World Cup afterglow.
updated 2:28 PM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Brazil's new coach Dunga won the World Cup as a player in 1994.
Former World Cup-winning captain Dunga is appointed coach of Brazil's national team for the second time, charged with restoring national pride.
updated 10:20 AM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez continues Real Madrid's long tradition of signing "Galacticos."
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Mon July 21, 2014
Germany's World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to go out at the top by announcing his retirement from international football.
ADVERTISEMENT