Santi Cazorla has offered some advice to the likes of Alex Iwobi and other youngsters presently doing well at Arsenal.
The 31-year old Spaniard who has been a mainstay in Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side since his arrival from Malaga in 2012 already has close to 200 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions.
With the wealth of experience now gathered, the Spanish playmaker was full of advice for the club’s current crop of youngsters as he warned that it might not necessarily be all rosy for them.
“They have to learn to be stronger and rise above it because criticism is part and parcel of football.” Cazorla stated while speaking to Arsenal Player.
In particular, Cazorla emphasised the importance of learning to cope with any criticism that may come their way, saying: “Ten years ago I was a young lad like Hector Bellerin and now I’m a veteran.
“As a senior player you always try to set an example to the younger ones to help develop the next generation of footballers and that’s what I try to do in the dressing room.
“When they start out in football, things often take them by surprise – especially when they’re riding high.
“They may be in a new team and everything is going brilliantly and it all seems like it’s a beautiful dream.
“But things can change, and then suddenly they have to cope with criticism and people not being happy with their performance.
“The young players often aren’t used to this and don’t know how to deal with what is said in the papers or on social media. Younger players are more affected by the criticism.
“They have to learn to be stronger and rise above it because criticism is part and parcel of football and that’s an important thing for a footballer to learn.
Nigeria international, Iwobi has been one of the revelations at Arsenal in recent time and the 20-year old has been tipped by many for even more successes.