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Arsenal midfielder Cazorla: Stoke shows that English football is changing for the better

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla feels that English football is changing for the better as more and more English clubs are attempting to play an attractive brand of football.

The Spanish midfielder cites the example of Stoke City and claims that the Potters have undergone a major shift in their football philosophy in recent years, as some other traditional-style English sides are.

He told Arsenal Player: "Spanish people love watching English football and know what English football is about. They like the box-to-box spirit of the game and that turnaround that every game may have.

"In Premier League football, counter attacks are a very common thing no matter the game´s result, while in La Liga the team who is up in the scoreline controls the game a lot more. But even English football philosophy is changing little by little.

"I think that in recent years English teams have made an effort to play a better football. I remember the first time I played at the Britannia Stadium my team-mates told me, 'Welcome to England'. Playing there at the time was about long balls or throw-ins into your box so the centre backs could score a header.

"However, Stoke City is a different club now, with the likes of Bojan (Krkic), (Marko) Arnautovic and (Xherdan) Shaqiri in the squad.

"I think that every club is getting to know that possession style [football] is the nicest to watch, as opposed to the kick-and-run style English football had before."

Vyom Chaudhary
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