He averaged a goal every 6.2 games for Valencia, the exact same ratio as Cazorla in his 180 appearances for Arsenal. Soler turns 26 in January, so would be just a year younger than Cazorla was when he made the move to the Premier League 10-and-a-half years ago.
But speaking in April this year, Soler rubbished claims he is similar to his compatriot. He told the Guardian: “You’re putting me alongside Cazorla or Juan [Mata] and David [Silva]? Nah.
“Look, it’s a compliment. They’re players with that ‘pause’ that maybe the Premier League didn’t have.
“It’s all so mad, so physical, that if you can adapt to the intensity and then make the right decision, find the right space, that gives you something. Football is ever more physical but the player that ‘arrives’, that filters the final pass can adapt well: like Pablo Fornals, say.”
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