Arsenal cult hero Santi Cazorla has deemed Villarreal teammate and reported Gunners target Samuel Chukwueze the fastest player he’s shared a pitch with.
Cazorla, who left the Emirates Stadium after six years to return to Villarreal in 2018, plays alongside the Nigerian winger and Spain international Pau Torres, both of whom are believed to be on the Gunners’ radar.
Spanish outlet Marca previously asked the veteran playmaker if he gets many calls from England regarding the duo and he replied: “Yes, friends from Arsenal especially.
“They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premiership tomorrow. It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone here.”
Chukwueze has been progressing nicely at Villarreal in recent months, with 30 appearances in all competitions this term yielding four goals and four assists, plus 12 caps for Nigeria and two goals (Transfermarkt).
Last season, meanwhile, he registered double figures for the club, making 47 appearances between the senior team and the B team, with 10 goals and four assists (Transfermarkt).
In an Instagram Q&A for La Liga, Cazorla was asked who he thought was the fastest player he had shared a pitch with, to which he swiftly replied: “Chukwueze”.
Chukwueze is a high-calibre attacking prodigy, a winger with an eye for goal who, very much like the legendary Arjen Robben, loves nothing more than cutting inside from the left onto his favoured right foot before lining up shots.
Arsenal actually had the opportunity to sign him for just £4million back in 2015, months after Nigeria’s victory at the Under-17 World Cup, but the move ended up falling through as Arsenal reportedly spurned the chance (Guardian Nigeria).
Chukwueze ended up joining Villarreal, and is now reportedly valued at £60million by the La Liga club, according to the Daily Mail – but even at that higher sum, he’d certainly be a worthy signing for the Gunners.