Arsenal’s new recruit Santi Cazorla has expressed disappointment at the departures of Robin Van Persie and Alex Song but is hopeful that replacements would be brought in.
The Spain international made his Arsenal debut last weekend against Sunderland and was one of the outstanding performers for the Gunners. The former Malaga playmaker provided Olivier Giroud with a neat pass to score the winner but the Frenchman miscued his shot wide of the target. Arsene Wenger has urged the fans not to panic as he believes the London club has dealt with departures of star players in the past.
Cazorla said in the Daily Mirror: “It’s clear that Van Persie is a great player and obviously we would all have preferred it if he had stayed. Song has gone as well and there are still 10 days left in the transfer market.”
“I do not know if we will sign anyone but obviously it’s important to replace players like that because they were so important for the team.”
He said: “It felt really good making my debut. Of course, it was not the result any of us wanted, but we had chances and we did well.
“It’s a long season, so we can build on this. I had one chance and so did a few of my colleagues and that was the key to the game. We had complete control but that final step just eluded us.”