By Pete Jenson
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has admitted he was stunned at news Mesut Ozil was to be his new Gunners team-mate.
The German schemer joined Cazorla this summer and the Spain international told Diario AS: 'I was amazed, but not only with the fact that he had signed for us. I was also surprised that Madrid had allowed him to leave.
'He is a fantastic signing for Arsenal, a great player who has come in with humility and a desire just to help the team but he is a different player and there is a touch of genius there sometimes.'
Making his point: Mesut Ozil, who scored in Germany's win over Ireland, has enjoyed a strong start to his Arsenal career
Cazorla who is still recovering from an ankle injury that has interrupted his start to the season and means he sits out Spain's final qualifier on Tuesday night against Georgia.
He believes the suggestion from Madrid that Ozil could not take the pressure in Spain was well wide of the mark. He added: 'Seeing him play in the last few years I doubt that.'
Cazorla said he hoped to be playing alongside Ozil soon after watching Arsenal's superb start to the season.
Out of action: Santi Cazorla, seen here with Lukas Podolski, is still recovering from an ankle injury
He said: 'It was a blow when I was told I would be out for over a month but that is when you need to be patient; let's see if we can cut down the recovery time.
'We are delighted with the start we have made. We have started well both in the League and the Champions League.'
Cazorla's Spain team-mate Andres Iniesta echoed his sentiments about Ozil. The Barcelona midfielder told radio Onda Cero: 'I was surprised when he moved to Arsenal. He is one of the players that best understands the game.'