Oxlade-Chamberlain: It’s a pleasure to play with Santi

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is relishing the opportunity to play with the outstanding Santi Cazorla at Arsenal.

The attacking midfielder netted a sensational hat trick as the Gunners returned to winning ways with a 5-2 demolition of Reading on Monday night, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is a big fan of the Spanish international.

He told Arsenal Player:

It’s a pleasure for anyone to get to play with a player like Santi, you can give him the ball in tight situations and you can trust him to get out of them and create things.

We’ve been working on getting him and Jack [Wilshere] in behind the lines, between the defence and the midfield and picking up little pockets of space. When you get the ball to them two in those positions, especially Santi, he can create things – shots on target, goals and assists.

We know it’s important to get him [the ball] around there. He’s a brilliant player and he showed it tonight with three crucial goals. He deserves everything he gets. He’s doing really well for us this season and hopefully he can keep going.

I think he was a bit surprised with that one [the diving headed goal] ,but he’s a quality player so I wouldn’t put it past him to score another one this season.

We’ve got players in the team that can produce things – Jack in midfield and Santi and Mikel, [as well as] Lukas up front. Theo was a different dynamic up front today and I thought that worked really well.

We’ve got quality in the side to make things happen when we’re all playing well together. We’ve had a really good week of training – I’ve noticed that. The boys have been gelling well and playing good football and it showed tonight.

We know that if we compete, do the right things and trust our game, we’ve got enough ability in the squad to beat anyone and play free-flowing football wherever we play.

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