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Cazorla hails Wilshere

Santi Cazorla has sung the praises of fellow Arsenal midfield playmaker Jack Wilshere.

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The Gunners have suffered a frustrating season this term, but the performances of the midfield pair have given Arsenal fans something to cheer about.

Cazorla has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from the young Englishman and predicts he will go far.

"Jack is a vital player," Cazorla said. "He adds something extra to the team and I'm gradually getting to know his style of play better. His way of playing complements my own - in fact, we play in similar positions and so that makes it easier for us to establish a greater understanding every day.

"He adds that little bit more that we need in many of our games. Certainly, he's highly valued in England for being a complete player and I have no doubts that he's going to be even more important here in the future."

Cazorla says he has settled with Arsenal in the Premier League since joining the club last summer, and feels making the switch from La Liga has not been a problem.

"I think I've had a positive seven months personally as I have been able to come to a team like Arsenal and play in a great league like the Premier League," Cazorla told Arsenal's official website. "It hasn't been difficult adapting to Arsenal's style of play or even to the Premier League. It is a bit different to La Liga in Spain but I've adapted very well and I think Arsenal's style of play has made it a lot easier for me."

Cazorla has found the back of the net 11 times in his debut season for the Gunners - a tally more than what manager Arsene Wenger believed the midfield maestro would achieve. Cazorla has been in a rich vein of form recently, scoring three goals in Arsenal's last three league outings.

With the Gunners facing an eighth consecutive season without a trophy after falling off the pace in the Premier League, exiting the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, seemingly heading out of the Champions League and facing an uphill task to qualify for next season's competition, Cazorla admitted his time at the club has not all been plain-sailing.

"On the pitch, we have definitely had our ups and downs; there have been good times and bad times. I think that the team has lacked a bit of consistency and sometimes we have made mistakes that have cost us dearly. Removing these from our game will help us improve in the future," the former Villarreal and Malaga player said.

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