The Spanish playmaker, who joined the Gunners in 2012, has typically been deployed as a number-10 throughout his career.

Santi Cazorla who joined the Gunners in 2012, has typically been deployed as a number-10 throughout his career.

But since the latter part of last season the 30-year-old has dropped deeper in the Arsenal midfield, regularly playing alongside combative Frenchman Francis Coquelin with Mesut Ozil operating behind the striker.

Being pushed into a role further away from the opposition’s goal would be an unwelcome change for many players, but Cazorla is very happy with his new position as it allows him to get on the ball more.

“Luckily I’ve played in many different places, such as both wings, behind the striker or as a midfielder. Therefore, I am no stranger to this new position,” he told Arsenal Player.

“As soon as the manager informed me about my role change, I told him I was ready for it. To be honest I’ve found myself very comfortable in this new position since the very first day.

“I’m a player who needs to touch the ball as much as possible and for any possible purpose on the pitch, from giving an assist to a short pass.

“The more I touch the ball, the more confident I get and that’s why I need to have contact with the ball. If I don’t touch it for a period of time I feel uneasy.

“Thanks to playing in this new position, I’m touching the ball a lot and that makes me happy. I’m loving my new position on the pitch.”

27/08/15

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