Vincent Del Bosque has called four players from the premier league to represent Spain for the World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France, which are to be played in this month. Liverpool goal keeper, Pepe Reina, exceptional Manchester City star, David Silva, ineffective Chelsea Striker, Fernando Torres, who seems to be regain his form at present times and Arsenal sensation, Santi Cazorla were the named four.
Santi Cazorla was in sensational form for Arsenal in the victory over West Ham at Upton Park. It looked like the former Malaga man had handled the West Ham single handedly and his left foot strike outside the box to make the scoreline, 1-3 for Gunners was exquisite.
Praise for the new arrival at North London has not been in small quantity and Saturday evening was not the exception. Santi Cazorla ran in all directions of the field, where the crucial gaps are available and kept the ball moving.
“He had another outstading performance. You just can admire him if you love football. Just watching him is a delight”, said Arsene Wenger. Cazorla’s team mate Theo Walcott exclaimed, ”Santi is the one that has stood out, definitely, and today he was our conductor. His goal was fantastic and I don’t know which foot is his favourite, to be honest”
Torres and Cazorla will be expected to be in the stating XI for Del Bosque’s side in both the world cup qualifiers to be played this month against Belarus and France and the most controversial move made by the Spanish manager was the omission of Chelsea winger, Juan Mata.
Juan Mata has seemed to be grown by large amount from the last season after the arrival of extravagant pair, Eden Hazard and Oscar Dos Santos at Stamford Bridge. Spanish Winger has adopted himself to play in any of the advanced midfield positions.
Despite of in need of rest after having the busy summer at Olympics, the form of former Valencia winger hasn’t been found dipped. Mata’s contribution for the blues against struggling Noreich on Saturday night was certainly to be praised. Mata provided two valuable classic assists to give a comfortable victory for Chelsea at home.
In the counter attack of blues 14 mins before half time which lasted from Norwich corner, the 24-year old winger played a clever ball in between canaries defence to find the Belgian attacker, Eden Hazard and the former Lille star made no mistakes in making the scoreline 3-1 for the home side. Mata’s second assist was of high quality where his left flick found Ivanovic and the perfectly executed volley by the Serbian right back, gave a comfortable victory for the blues.
It was Mata who had enjoyed a perfect week, with the scintillating performances against Arsenal last weekend and in the mid-week champions league clash against, Nordsjaelland. Apart from Juan Mata, there are certain other Spaniards who had never been called up to represent their nation despite of coming up with brilliant performances.
Mikel Arteta hadn’t proved himself in England top fights for 6 years in David Moyes’s Everton side, but since his move to Arsenal in the summer of 2011, he showed himself as the player of higher caliber.
With Santi Cazorla capturing the headlines for Gunners victory at Upton Park, Arteta’s contribution was never to be forgetten. The former Everton man, continue to be the important presence of Wenger’s side, playing in the deep of the midfield. Going behind in just 21 mins, the contribution of a defensive midfielder is very much important for the comeback and that’s what Arteta did last night in spectacular passion.
Reports from Emirates screamed that Wenger was interested in handling the arm band to 30-year old Spaniard, before placing it in the hands of Belgian defender, Thomas Vermaelen.
Elsewhere, Michu - the cult signing of Swansea City - continues to impress by finding the nets constantly. Michu, who was signed from Rayo Vallecano for £2M has scored 6 goals for the premier league club in 8 appearances in all competitions.
Michu, the former team mate of Cazorla in Oviedo’s youth team, has impressed in Swansea’s comeback to drew, 2-2 at home against Reading on Saturday night.
Despite of not being called up for the Spain squad, premier league fans will be happy if Mata, Arteta and Michu will remain with their current dazzling form.