Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed he was excited at the prospect of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez moving to the Emirates Stadium, ESPN
Before Ozil completed a club record move to the Gunners from Real Madrid, manager Arsene Wenger was chasing Liverpool’s Suarez, who had made clear his desire to leave Anfield. Gonzalo Higuain, a teammate of Ozil’s at Madrid, was also wanted by Wenger but he joined Napoli instead, leaving Arsenal without a new striker, but with playmaker Ozil.
Cazorla admitted there was doubt among the squad over the wisdom of signing Ozil when the group was lacking an alternative to Olivier Giroud, the centre-forward. “Our striker was Giroud and you think: ‘What if he gets injured? What do we need?’ We expected a No. 9 but circumstances meant we couldn’t get Luis. Liverpool resisted,” Cazorla told the Guardian.
“ Suarez’s incredible,” Cazorla continued. “I’d have loved it if he had come; his style would have suited us. Arsenal did all they could and he wouldn’t have minded. But Liverpool didn’t want to sell, which they’re entirely entitled to do, and he’s playing incredibly again. It’s a pity he’s not on our team!”
Cazorla however praised the signing of Ozil for the message it sent to the rest of the Premier League, and the quick way in which the club moved to complete the deal. “[Arsenal] saw some doors shut and, when they saw the chance to get Mesut, it was an opportunity to thump a fist on the desk, to make a statement,” Cazorla said, adding: “He’s a superb signing. He’s brought illusion, optimism and hope.
“I was like a little kid. I was injured, so it was a few more days before I had the chance to train with him,” Cazorla continued. “And I was getting really excited. A great player’s coming and one you know you’re going to fit with, enjoy playing with. I was a fan, looking forward to it.”
Ozil and Cazorla have helped Arsenal to the top of the Premier League after 11 games, two points clear of Liverpool, who they beat 2-0 – with Cazorla scoring – earlier in the season.
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