Santi Cazorla
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Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has picked Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi in his all-time greatest five-a-side team, alongside Robert Pires and Real Madrid legends Iker Casillas and Zinedine Zidane. The Spaniard also tipped his current club captain Mikel Arteta to have a successful future career ahead as a manager.

Cazorla is currently on the sidelines following a ruptured to his external knee ligament during the 1-1 draw with Norwich City on 29 November. He was consequently ruled out for around four months after undergoing surgery. The player has been keeping busy by answering queries posed by the club's fans during a question and answer session on the Arsenal official twitter account.

Questioned about his all time five-a-side outfit, Cazorla picked two Barcelona players who will face his teammates next week when Arsenal travel to the Nou Camp for the Champions League last-16 second leg. Messi did the damage at the Emirates Stadium last month, scoring two goals to take the Catalans to a 2-0 victory.

Cazorla also included Arsenal legend Pires, having played with him at Villarreal, as well as Real Madrid's current boss Zidane and Casillas, who is his captain in the Spanish national team.


"Iniesta is amazing, Robert Pires, Lio Messi is the best in history, Zidane, Casillas," Cazorla said.

The Spaniard also backed Arteta to become a manager in the future after The Times reported Pep Guardiola was ready to hand the player a coaching role at Manchester City after he retires.


Cazorla also thanked Arsenal fans for their support, calling the birth of his his own chant as the high point of his career.

"Having my own song is the best moment in my career. I can only say thank you so much," he added.