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Santi Cazorla rates Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal

Santi Cazorla has rated Unai Emery’s season as Arsenal head coach and admitted that he is impressed with the results.

Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League, while Emery has also guided the team to the quarter-final of the Europa League where they will face Napoli.

“Arsenal have adapted to the big change and are doing very well with Emery,” Cazorla told Omnisport. “It takes time to adapt to such a big change, changing the manager after 23 years and the new manager needs time to make changes. Arsenal have been steadily improving this season and have a good enough squad to be competitive and win trophies.”

Cazorla also insists he is now close to his best form after he left Arsenal to join Villarreal last summer. “I worked really hard to recover my best form,” said the midfielder.

“Recovering my best form has always been my only target, otherwise I would have retired. “You never know how you feel until you’re back in really competitive games, and game by game I’ve been gaining my best form.

“I’ve been playing more and more minutes until I forgot about my injury and my performances on the pitch improved.

“Nowadays I’m really close to my very best. I still have margin for improvement, but I never thought I would have got back to this level one year ago. Now I value everything much more. I enjoy each training session and every time I board the coach to reach the stadium, I remember the bad moments I lived through and what a difficult journey it was to go back to playing football.”

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