Squad of 2012-2013: Who’s new?

Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla joined Arsenal from Malaga in August 2012.

Santi – full name Santiago Cazorla González – was a key part of the Malaga side which finished fourth in La Liga last season, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.

The versatile 27-year-old attacking midfielder has made a total of 45 appearances for Spain and was a member of his country’s victorious squads at the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

Before joining Malaga in 2011, Cazorla spent two spells at Villarreal, making 181 appearances and helping ‘the Yellow Submarine’ finish runners-up in La Liga in 2008.

In between these spells, he spent the 2006/07 season in La Liga on loan at Recreativo. Santi spent the early part of his career at youth level with Spanish side Oviedo.

He was also voted Spanish Player of the Year in 2007.

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud arrived from Ligue 1 side Montpellier in summer 2012.

The striker scored 21 goals in 36 league appearances for the French champions, making him the league’s joint top goalscorer in 2011/12 and earning him a place in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

Giroud, who enjoyed a two-year spell at the Stade de la Mosson, also broke into the French national team in November 2011 and represented Les Bleus at the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

The Chambéry-born forward spent his formative years in France’s lower leagues, developing his game with Grenoble, on loan at FC Istres and then at Tours FC, where he played alongside Laurent Koscielnyfor a season before being awarded the Ligue 2 Player of the Year award in 2009/10.

Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski joined Arsenal from Cologne on a long-term contract in the summer of 2012.

After spending his early years training and playing with FC Bergheim 2000, he joined the youth set-up at Cologne in 1995, before making his first-team debut in 2003.

After three successful seasons with Cologne he moved to Bayern Munich in 2006. He spent three campaigns with Bayern before re-joining FC Cologne in 2009 and was regarded as one of the leading strikers in the Bundesliga.

Podolski has since won more than 100 caps for Germany since his debut as a 19-year-old in 2004. He made a big impact at the 2006 World Cup, scoring three times. He followed this up with three more goals at Euro 2008.

Lukas was also part of the Germany team that impressed at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, making a goalscoring contribution in the 4-1 win over England in Bloemfontein in the last 16. He was on target at Euro 2012 too as Germany reached the semi-finals.

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