Harry Redknapp picked out Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla as the FA Cup final’s star player, admitting to The Sun that he tried to buy him on a number of occasions when managing Tottenham Hotspur.


The Spanish international topped off a wonderful season with a really classy performance on Saturday as Arsenal defeated Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley.

This season has been a real eye-opener for Premier League observers as the former Malaga favourite has sacrificed his previous attacking position to drop back and play as a deep-lying playmaker.

Arsene Wenger’s decision in this regard has been one of the season highlights at the Emirates, with Cazorla getting on the ball more and influencing to great effect.

On Saturday, the 30-year-old took a team-high 96 touches and completed 93.7% of his passes, prompting Redknapp to single him out for praise and admit he was forever on Spurs’ radar.

“Tough to pick one when so many Arsenal players were worth an eight or nine out of ten at least. But Cazorla’s a little magician isn’t he?” Redknapp explained.

“He sees a pass like no one else and more often than not he plays it, too. I tried to sign him often enough for Tottenham, so I’ve always thought he was a class act. The Spaniard really turned it on.

Ozil and Sanchez are terrific players but he makes them look even better.”

Cazorla’s record for the season stands at seven Premier League goals and 11 assists, more than he has achieved in any other league campaign throughout his career.

Alongside Francis Coquelin, the duo add the perfect balance and Cazorla’s performances have been so good that both Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey have been confined to different roles.

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