Jack Wilshere claims former Arsenal team-mate Santi Cazorla was the BEST player he ever played with… while admitting ‘winner’ Cesc Fabregas took training matches a bit too seriously
- Jack Wilshere played for Arsenal for 10 years before leaving in 2018
- Santi Cazorla left in the same summer following six years service at the Emirates
- Cazorla was a fan favourite at the Gunners, but Wilshere claims he was the best
- Wilshere also admitted Cesc Fabregas got frustrated during training games
Jack Wilshere has surprisingly named former Arsenal team-mate Santi Cazorla as the best player he ever played despite featuring alongside a list of household names at the Gunners.
The midfielder played at Arsenal for 10 years up until leaving in 2018 having initially come through the club’s academy system and developing into a fan’s favourite.
During his time at the Emirates Stadium he played with a range of world class players including Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas.
Jack Wilshere (left) has claimed Santi Cazorla (centre) was the best player he played with
But the 29-year-old insists despite their skill, the technical brilliance of the pint-sized Cazorla left the former England international in awe.
Wilshere told talkSPORT Edge: ‘He could use both feet, he was only 5ft 5ins and he would just run between players and he was a joy to watch.’
While Wilshere’s admission may surprise those outside of Arsenal, his words will not shock former manager Arsene Wenger.
Back in 2013, Wenger believed the 37-year-old, who is currently playing in Qatar, was one of the Premier League’s most under rated players.
Pint sized midfielder Cazorla starred at Arsenal for six years after arriving in 2012
Former manager Arsene Wenger claims he was one of the most under rated players in England
‘I think he is a bit of an under-rated player in the Premier League,’ Wenger said of Cazorla on the Arsenal website.
‘When you think he was not in the team of the season picked by the players, it’s quite harsh. Personally I would have put him in there.
‘When you look at his quality, that is of course outstanding, but also his attitude and work rate for the team. He is one of the players who has been absolutely outstanding this season.’
Like Wilshere, Cazorla also left Arsenal in 2018 after suffering from injuries but briefly revived his career at Villarreal before joining Al Sadd in 2020.
Wilshere has admitted Cesc Fabregas’s winning mentality spread to the training pitch
Meanwhile, Wilshere also revealed that former team-mate Fabregas had a huge winning mentality which continued even during training where he would berate coaches for calls going against him.
‘He always wanted to win,’ he added.
‘He was a winner and in training games, one of the coaches would make a decision and if it was the wrong decision he would hammer them!’