Arteta hails Cazorla

Arsenal midfielder impressed with compatriot's technical abilities

Santiago Cazorla: Spain international joined Arsenal from Malaga this month

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Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is confident that his Spanish compatriot Santi Cazorla will have a major impact for the Gunners this season.

Cazorla joined the Gunners from Malaga earlier this week and is currently training with the rest of his new team-mates in Germany.

The 27-year-old Spain international is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe, and Arteta believes that he will be a major player for Arsenal in 2012/13.

Technically gifted

"Technically he is very gifted, he can play wide in both positions and through the middle as well," Arteta told the club's official website.

"He is tricky and has two good feet - in fact I could not say whether he is right or left-footed. He will bring us good experience and something different. He will be a good addition to the team.

"I am convinced he will [make a big impact]. The way that we play at Arsenal really suits his qualities and hopefully he will be very successful."

Arteta is also impressed with summer signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

"They are looking good in training and getting on really well with the other players," he enthused. "They're confident and making jokes.

"The [training camp] is good because we all spend time together and you get a relationship with your team-mates, which is very important when you go on to the field.

"They are very comfortable, this is an easy group. They are nice lads and we are all trying to help them."