Backpage Roundup: Cazorla Likens Arsenal to Spanish Clubs, Gremio Want Santos on Loan, Wenger Reveals Wilshere Concerns, Vieira Welcomed and More

Arsenal Play like Spain – Cazorla

Santi Cazorla believes the secret behind his quick adjustment to life in the Premier League is that coach Arsene Wenger uses the same footballing philosophy at Arsenal which is prevalent in Spanish football.

The former Malaga playmaker has been an instant hit in North London since arriving on these shores last summer and he says that he doesn’t find playing for Arsenal any different than it was for his previous Spanish clubs.

For me it is important to go out onto the pitch and be comfortable, and that has been the case since the first game. I have always been at ease on the pitch. In my case too, you do not notice much difference between Arsenal and playing in Spain, because we are also a side who like to play with the ball,” said Cazorla.

The boss has a philosophy of playing football, it is always trying to find attacking football, of having the ball and because of the characteristics of the players we have, it is what comes easiest to us.”

 

Gremio Want Santos on Loan

Arsenal misfit Andre Santos may have played his last game for the club and could be allowed to join Gremio on loan, according to a report published by The Mirror.

The Brazilian defender’s stock at Emirates Stadium has fallen so much that the Gunners are considering offloading him despite the fact that they are bit short of options at his favoured left-back position.

Kieran Gibbs is out for the next six weeks and captain Thomas Vermaelen, who can also play left-back, is also carrying a recurring ankle injury. It means that Santos’ exit would leave newcomer Nacho Monreal as the only available left-back at Arsenal but the club management is ready to take that gamble.

Gremio and Arsenal have yet to reach a complete agreement over the deal but the former’s president Fabio Koff believes that could happen in the next few days.

It has taken a lot of time to establish the conditions [of the deal]. [Arsenal] is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Their figures are very different. We had patience and skill in trading. Let’s wait,” Koff told Radio Gualba.

 

Wenger Reveals Wilshere Concerns

Arsene Wenger has admitted he fears that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere might suffer physical or mental exhaustion, if too much is asked of him at both the club and international level.

The 21-year-old England international returned to competitive football earlier this season after an injury-related absence of 14 months and has already re-established himself as a major player for both the Gunners and Three Lions.

Wenger feels that the fit-again midfielder should not be overloaded with too much too soon for the sake of his long-term health.

The Arsenal boss said: “It is not just the physical aspect, but the mental pressure every time he plays. We will have to manage him well physically to make sure he doesn’t face that burnout. I had in fact expected Jack to play only a part of the game on Wednesday, but it didn’t happen and because of his quality he will be exposed to that, the overuse of his quality, and you can understand that.

“He will have to be managed like everyone else. Let’s not forget that he is only 21 now, and he starts his career really because he was out for 17 months. The influence he has today on the England national team already is absolutely fantastic.”

 

Vieira Welcomed to Apply for Arsenal’s Head of Youth Position

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that former Arsenal stalwart Patrick Vieira could be in contention for the club’s head of youth development position, if he wants.

The Gunners are scheduled to lose their incumbent head of youth Liam Brady next year and the club will soon begin their search for his successor. Dennis Bergkamp was already thought to be vying for the role and now Wenger has welcomed Vieira to throw his name in the hat too.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, the Arsenal boss said: “Patrick can be a candidate if he wants to do it. All the former players are of course candidates. What is the most important for me is the competence of the person and the experience in this kind of department. It’s a very specific and special job.”

Vieira, who is currently football development executive at Manchester City, could be tempted by this opening at Arsenal, as his role at Etihad Stadium is very ambassadorial and not at all related to the art of coaching.

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