Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hailed Arsenal's capture of Santi Cazorla from Malaga as "a great signing".
Cazorla completed his much anticipated move to the Emirates Stadium today for an undisclosed fee, which Goal.com understands to be in the region of £18 million.
And the 27-year-old Spanish international brings with him a wealth of experience, having won 45 caps for the national side, adding an element of attacking verve and versatility to the Arsenal midfield.
Former Gunners captain Fabregas, who spent eight years in north London, has expressed his delight at the move, stating on Twitter" "I'm so happy to hear that my mate Santi Cazorla is finally a gooner. Top guy, special player. A great signing! Come onnn!"
Cazorla made a name for himself at Villareal before securing a £16m move to cash-rich Malaga last summer.
But there has been increased uncertainty regarding the club’s financial future in recent weeks, with the possibility of relegation to the Spanish second division, should debts remain unpaid.
Cazorla, who has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer, has now officially joined the club and will link up with his new team mates in Germany prior to their pre-season friendly against Cologne.