Arsenal star Cazorla: I try to copy Barcelona's Iniesta

The new Gunners signings has nothing but praise for his national team-mate and believes the Catalans' playmaker is an excellent role model both on and off the pitch
Santi Cazorla has said fellow Spain international Andres Iniesta has all of the necessary attributes needed to be the ultimate player and dreams of one day being able to reach the Barcelona midfielder's level.

Cazorla is playing in his first season in the Premier League and has been impressive so far assisting and scoring twice in his first seven games for Arsenal.

But the 27-year-old, who moved from Malaga in the summer, believes Liga star Iniesta is the player everyone should be trying to emulate.

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"Iniesta is the standard against which I measure myself. Playing by his side is something else. He's a total footballer in every sense," Cazorla told Marca.

"I try to copy the things he does, but it's very difficult. The problem is that when he does them he makes them look easy, but then you try it and you get all tangled up. Andres is a role model on and off the pitch."

Cazorla also spoke about how the transition from La Rosaleda to the Gunners has been made easier because both teams have similar playing styles.

He added: "I've adapted to my new team really well. The change hasn't been as drastic as you might think. The football is quicker and more intense, but I wasn't shocked by that.

"Plus I've joined a team, Arsenal, whose playing style is very similar to the one at Malaga."