Arsene Wenger rubbishes rumours linking Santi Cazorla with Atletico Madrid
Arsene Wenger has said he is not worried about the rumours linking Santi Cazorla with Spanish side Atletico Madrid. Cazorla is believed to be on the top of Diego Simeone's wish list this summer.
The Spaniard, who was signed by Arsenal from Malaga at the beginning of the 2012 campaign, recently signed a new contract with the club, extending his stay until June 2016. Cazorla at the moment is a key player in the current Arsenal squad.
"I think he has still two years to go. You know our policy at the club, so I don't think there's anything special to worry about there. The suggestion (of a transfer bid) is only a suggestion. We have never been approached by anybody about him. I don't think there's anything to worry about," said Wenger.
Arsenal, who had a rough start to the current campaign, have been playing well of late, and have been quite dependent on Santi Cazorla, who has ended up playing in a more central position, scoring seven goals and assisting nine.
Palace a daunting prospect for Arsenal
Arsenal will hope for a straight-forward match against Crystal Palace due to their upcoming fixture against AS Monaco in the Champions League. With Sanchez and Ozil back in the starting line-up, Wenger will hope to close the gap and enter the top four. Palace, who have won five of their eight games after the appointment of Alan Pardew will look to cause troubles to their London rivals.
"They have found confidence again and have got positive results with their new management," said Wenger, as he also praised former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, who is thriving at Selhurst Park.
Henry back in London
Thierry Henry, who recently signed a record-breaking deal with Sky Sports, is back in London and has started working towards becoming a coach. The Frenchman has begun work on attaining his coaching badges.
Wenger said, "Thierry is making his first steps as a coach. It's good for our youngsters to be coached by him. He's been here once or twice. All our former players are welcome to come back here and get their coaching badges. We're happy to have him."