Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Santi Cazorla has the potential to be as good as one of the finest players to have graced English football - yet his comparison with Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle may leave some Gunners fans bemused.
Spanish maestro Cazorla turned in another master class of a display in Saturday's 3-1 win at West Ham, with Wenger suggesting his most expensive summer signing is set to emerge as the new fans favourite at the Emirates Stadium following the departure of Robin van Persie last
Wenger worked with Hoddle during his days as Monaco manager in the late 1980s and while many Arsenal fans will not share their manager's admiration for the cultured Spurs icon, his plaudits are designed to propel his latest hero to new heights.
"Cazorla is like Glenn Hoddle is some ways," stated Wenger. "Left-footed, right-footed, you could not say what he was and Cazorla is similar. I don't remember anyone else I have worked with who was as two-footed and it is so important to have this quality in the modern game. He has the ability to make everyone a better player and that is why I feel is fantastic to watch.
"It looks like he will be the new favourite of the Arsenal fans as they can appreciate his quality. They have seen many great players during my time here as manager, so they need to see someone special to be excited, but they see that in Cazorla."