Cazorla sees no international disadvantage to Arsenal move

Santi Cazorla has denied that leaving La Liga to play in the Premier League with Arsenal will have an adverse effect on his chances of establishing himself as a regular member of the Spain starting XI, ESPN has reported.

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata was left out of the Spain squad for the upcoming rounds of international fixtures despite appearing to be in good form for his club, with the suggestion made that Mata was too far out of sight of the Spain Coach, Vicente Del Bosque, for his impressive performances to have registered.

Cazorla however said he has not felt that to be the case as far as his international chances go, arguing that the reverse is true. “It could be that, in the few months I have spent there, there has been more talk about me, I feel important at Arsenal, I want to keep growing and I hope I can improve a lot into the future,” Cazorla said.

He added: “Juan Mata is very highly rated, he is doing great work and that is especially recognised in England. [But] the coach decides who comes with the national team.

ESPN adds that Cazorla could be in line to start for Spain against Belarus on Friday as the possibility of Sergio Busquets playing in the centre of defence would open up a gap in midfield. Cazorla is often the first alternative for Del Bosque, so logic would dictate he would be the beneficiary of Busquets’ positional change.

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