Cazorla playing for Arsenal in 2012
|Full name||Santiago Cazorla González|
|Date of birth||13 December 1984|
|Place of birth||Llanera, Spain|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Attacking midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 8 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Santiago "Santi" Cazorla González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsanti kaˈθorla ɣonˈθaleθ]; born 13 December 1984) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Arsenal in the Premier League. A versatile and ambidextrous winger, he can play on either flank as well as in the attacking midfielder position. He is noted for his speed, shooting accuracy, capacity to change the rhythm of gameplay and excellent close control, being ranked as the tenth-best footballer in the world by Bloomberg in 2013.
He spent most of his professional career with Villarreal, amassing La Liga totals of 253 games and 39 goals over the course of nine seasons. In 2012 he signed with Arsenal from Málaga – he also represented in his country Recreativo, where he won the Spanish Footballer of the Year award for the 2006–07 campaign – quickly making an impact and scoring 12 goals in his first year with 15 assists, after which he was voted Team Player of the Year.
Born in Llanera, Asturias, Cazorla started playing football for local club Real Oviedo, being acquired up by Villarreal CF six months before turning 18, as his previous club, immersed in a deep financial crisis, suffered two relegations at the end of the 2002–03 season which saw it land in Tercera División. He then progressed through the reserve side, making his debut with the first team on 30 November 2003 in a 1–0 win at Deportivo de La Coruña (one minute played).
On 7 July 2006 Recreativo de Huelva signed Cazorla for €600,000 on a four-year deal, with a clause in his contract whereby he could return to Villarreal (for €1.2 million), going on to score in his official debut, a 1–1 home draw with RCD Mallorca, on 27 August. He became Spanish Player of the Year according to Don Balón, a member of European Sports Magazines after topping its rating list; on 22 April 2007 he dedicated a goal to his father who had died recently, in a 4–2 home win against Racing de Santander, going on to help the Andalusians, which had just returned from Segunda División, eventually finish eighth.
Return to Villarreal
The following year, Villarreal took advantage of the clause in Cazorla's contract and bought him back, as the team believed he had proven himself. In his first season in his second spell, he was instrumental in Villarreal's final runner-up placing, providing assists for Nihat Kahveci and Giuseppe Rossi and netting five goals himself.
On 26 August 2008, Cazorla announced that Real Madrid wanted to buy him. He then went on to cause a stir in the media by rejecting the team announcing that, "There are many other things in football besides Real Madrid. It's clear that it is possible to say "no" to them, There is no doubt that they are a great team, but I also feel very satisfied and valued at my club". "I hope I can continue growing at Villarreal because I am young and I’m only starting off with the national team."
During a league game against UD Almería in early April 2009, Cazorla injured his right fibula after suffering a challenge from two opponents. He missed several games but el Submarino Amarillo still managed to qualify for the Europa League, as the player made his comeback earlier than expected in the side's final match, a 3–2 win at RCD Mallorca, and finished the league campaign with a career-best eight goals.
Cazorla struggled heavily with injury in the 2009–10 season, going on to miss the 2010 World Cup. He returned to full fitness in the following campaign, only missing one game and scoring five times as Villarreal finished fourth and qualified to the Champions League.
On 26 July 2011 Cazorla left Villarreal and returned to Andalusia to join high-spending Málaga CF, for a fee of €21m. He scored on his official debut on 28 August, netting from a superbly taken free kick but in a 1–2 away loss against neighbouring Sevilla FC. On 12 September he scored a brace and gave an assist in another local derby, a 4–0 home win against Granada CF, and netted his fourth in only four games nine days later – again from a free kick – in a 1–0 home success over Athletic Bilbao.
On 18 March 2012, Cazorla scored from an injury-time free kick in a 1–1 away draw against Real Madrid, and finished the season as the team's second top scorer (only behind Salomón Rondón) as it finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in the club's history.
On 7 August 2012, it was officially announced that Cazorla had signed a long-term deal with Arsenal in the Premier League. He became Arsène Wenger's third major signing of the summer after the arrivals of German Lukas Podolski and Frenchman Olivier Giroud.
Cazorla made his debut on 18 August against Sunderland in a 0–0 home draw in which he was named Man of the Match. He scored his first goal for the Gunners on 2 September in a 2–0 win against Liverpool at Anfield, whilst also providing an assist for Podolski on the opening goal in the match.
Cazorla netted his second goal on 6 October in a 3–1 win against West Ham United at Upton Park. After the game, Wenger said he "is a pleasure to watch". On 17 November he was named Man of the match in Arsenal's 5–2 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby, scoring one goal and assisting Giroud in another.
On 8 December, Cazorla was mired in controversy during a match against West Bromwich Albion, as he earned a penalty upon apparently being tripped by Steven Reid, which was converted to make it 1–0 in an eventual 2–0 home success. However, television replays showed that there had been no contact between Reid and Cazorla. This led to Wenger issuing an apology for Cazorla being awarded a penalty and suggesting that the Spaniard could face disciplinary action for going to ground too easily; the manager also revealed that the player had told him that he "was touched, lost his balance".
On 11 December 2012, Cazorla started his first cup game for Arsenal in the Football League Cup against Bradford City: he assisted Thomas Vermaelen on the 1–1 equaliser, but missed his team's first penalty in the shoot-out in an eventual elimination. The following week he claimed his first career hat-trick in his team's 5–2 win over Reading, thus becoming the third Spanish player after Fernando Torres and Jordi Gómez to achieve this in the Premier League.
On 9 February 2013 Cazorla scored the only goal, after a pass by Theo Walcott, in a 1–0 win at Sunderland. Two matchdays later he netted both of his team's goals, in a 2–1 triumph over Aston Villa.
On 14 May 2013 Cazorla assisted all four of Arsenal's goals, in a vital 4–1 win over Wigan Athletic which relegated their opponents and kept the Gunners in fourth place, with the eventual qualification to the Champions League. In mid-September, he suffered an ankle injury which ruled him out of action for five weeks.
On 30 November 2013, Cazorla made his 300th career top-flight league appearance, when he started for Arsenal's 3-0 win in Cardiff.
Cazorla began his international career in the Spanish under-21 team, under Iñaki Sáez. He was called up for play-off games against Italy for the 2004 Summer Olympics, playing the first match which ended 0–1 – coming in on the 77th minute for Javier Arizmendi – but missing the second leg as the nation did not eventually qualify for the competition.
On 17 May 2008, senior side boss Luis Aragonés surprised the Spanish press by including the uncapped Cazorla and Sergio García in his UEFA Euro 2008 squad, over more established wingers such as Joaquín Sánchez and Albert Riera. However, Riera not playing much at the time  To justify his decision when asked, Aragonés stated, "They are players [Cazorla and García] who are performing very well and had the possibility of coming. I made myself decide between Riera and Cazorla where I considered each player's form".
After making his debut on 31 May 2008 in a 3–1 friendly win over Peru, Cazorla made substitute appearances in the tournament's group stage matches against Russia, Sweden and Greece, also coming from the bench in the quarterfinals against Italy, converting his penalty in the ensuing shootout which Spain won. In the final, he played the last 25 minutes for David Silva, as Spain defeated Germany 1–0 and aided his country in winning their first major tournament in 44 years.
On 19 November 2008, Cazorla scored his first international goal against Chile, a 3–0 friendly win on his club's homeground. He was summoned for the following year's FIFA Confederations Cup, where he made a couple of substitute appearances.
After missing the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to a hernia, Cazorla returned to the national team's setup. On 4 June 2011, during the first half of a friendly against the United States in Boston, he scored twice in a 4–0 win.
Cazorla was selected by Vicente del Bosque for the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine. He played ten minutes against Republic of Ireland (4–0 group stage win) and six against France (2–0, quarterfinals) for the eventual champions.
- Score and Result lists Spain's goals first
|1.||19 November 2008||El Madrigal, Villarreal, Spain||Chile||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|2.||9 September 2009||Estadio Romano, Mérida, Spain||Estonia||2–0||3–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|3.||4 June 2011||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States||United States||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|5.||26 May 2012||AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland||Serbia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|6.||30 May 2012||Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland||South Korea||3–1||4–1||Friendly|
|7.||15 August 2012||Juan Ramón Loubriel, Bayamón, Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|8.||7 September 2012||Pasarón, Pontevedra, Spain||Saudi Arabia||1–0||5–0||Friendly|
|9.||8 June 2013||Sun Life, Miami Gardens, United States||Haiti||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|10.||14 August 2013||Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador||Ecuador||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|11.||16 November 2013||Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Equatorial Guinea||Equatorial Guinea||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
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- Raul omitted from Spanish squad; RTÉ Sport, 17 May 2008
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- Santi Cazorla career stats at Soccerbase
- Santi Cazorla at ESPN FC
- Santi Cazorla at National-Football-Teams.com
- Arsenal official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Premier League profile
- Santi Cazorla at National-Football-Teams.com
- Santi Cazorla – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile