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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla names dog after Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has paid homage to Zlatan Ibrahimovic -- by naming his dog after the towering Paris Saint-Germain striker.

Cazorla, who hopes to make his comeback from a knee injury next month, made the revelation in a series of "rapid-fire" questions exchanged with fellow Spaniard Nacho Monreal in a video posted by Arsenal on the club's YouTube channel.

Asked about the name of his first pet, Cazorla says he had a dog when he was little but doesn't remember its name ("Maybe Nacho," he jokes). But these days he has three dogs, one of which is apparently named for the Sweden star.

"Their names are Zlatan, Mary and Paco," Cazorla says in the video, drawing laughter from Monreal.

"Why Zlatan?" the defender asks.

"He is named for Zlatan Ibrahimovic," Cazorla replies.

Other useful trivia that gets revealed about the two Arsenal players: Cazorla once went dressed up as Super Mario to a fancy dress party, and He prefers Brazilian Ronaldo to Cristiano Ronaldo. Monreal, meanwhile, has apparently never bought a CD in his life, and he "The Lord of the Rings" is his favourite movie. Cazorla claims he has never heard of it. Perhaps that's why he doesn't have a dog named Gandalf.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.


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