The ever-happy Spaniard has welcomed the new signing.
An unlucky turn of events has meant that Arsenal’s 2012/13 Player of the Season Santi Cazorla and club record signing Mesut Ozil are yet to play together.
The Spain international started the first three Premier League matches this term – as the 28-year-old did 37 times last campaign – before an injury stopped the Spaniard in his tracks.
Ozil meanwhile arrived from Real Madrid for £42.4m on transfer deadline day and has since impressed in the role behind Olivier Giroud that was previously saved for Cazorla.
Many players would find this a conflict of interests and feel threatened by a man who is considered to be one of the best footballers on the planet, but not the 28-year-old.
“I’m lucky because I can play on the left or on the right or as a second striker,” Cazorla is quoted by talkSPORT.
“So for me it’s no problem whatever system we play. I speak with the coach and tell him I can play wherever you want.
“My preference is to start on the left but then [as the game unfolds] go to the middle.”
This versatility from the Spaniard is what manager Arsene Wenger will be relying on as both attacking midfielders have to fit into a front trio behind the striker.
Although Cazorla is currently sidelined with ankle ligament problems, the Gunners star is expected back after the international break in early October.
There seems to be no jealousy and animosity between the two players, but the former Malaga ace does admit that the north London club managed to complete a coup in signing Ozil.
“Was I surprised Ozil was deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu? Yes, a little,” Cazorla continues.
“It’s difficult to understand why Madrid let him come to Arsenal. But for us it’s good.”
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