Santi Cazorla proved one of the most popular Arsenal players of modern times, a midfielder who possessed an effortless brilliance and formed part of a sensational generation of Spanish midfielders.
Cazorla was amongst the dilutive dictators who helped transform how football was viewed at the height of tiki-taka, an era where technical talent far outweighed size and stature in the confines of a pitch.
Few players have ever been as wonderfully two-footed as the Spanish star, whose manipulation of the ball made him a firm favourite at clubs including Villarreal, Malaga and later Arsenal.
Injuries may have robbed the footballing world of Cazorla’s absolute pinnacle, but he remains a fondly remembered talent and one well worth celebrating.
The latest video in our Midfield Magicians series looks back on the captivating career of Santi Cazorla.