Arsenal midfielder Cazorla surprised by Arteta Spain omission

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is surprised Spain is ignoring teammate Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is surprised Spain is ignoring teammate Mikel Arteta.

Arteta was again overlooked by coach Vicente Del Bosque for Wednesday’s friendly in Panama, while Cazorla, who has won 50 caps, is in the 19-man party.

“I’m really surprised he has never been called up,” Cazorla said. “He’s performing incredibly well. He had a number of good seasons for Everton and now he’s vice-captain at Arsenal. He should have been given the chance.

“It’s difficult because there is a lot of competition in that position and they are all great players but I’m still surprised he has never been given the opportunity.”

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