Feb 23, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
2-1
Aston Villa
Cazorla (6', 85')
Diaby (37')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Weimann (68')
Lowton (36'), Delph (66')

Per Mertesacker: Santi Cazorla "is the perfect footballer"

Arsenal players congratulate Santi Cazorla after a goal against Aston Villa on February 23, 2013
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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla receives high praise from his teammate Per Mertesacker.

Per Mertesacker has hailed his Arsenal teammate Santi Cazorla as the "perfect footballer" following the team's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

The Spanish attacker, who joined the Gunners from Malaga last summer, scored both of his side's goals at the Emirates Stadium to keep them in contention for a place in next season's Champions League.

"You see he takes his chances with his technique and his feeling," centre-back Mertesacker told the club's official website.

"He is the perfect footballer. He has the technique to score goals and that's what we need after losing the last two home games."

Cazorla, 28, has scored 11 goals in all competitions so far this season.

Arsenal player Oliver Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal in his sides match with Brighton and Hove Albion on January 26, 2013
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