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Santi Cazorla: 'Arsenal can challenge for Champions League and EPL'

By Matias Grez

Updated 1934 GMT (0334 HKT) August 5, 2015
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Midfield maestro Santi Cazorla believes Arsenal can topple Chelsea in the Premier League and challenge the Spanish clubs in the Champions League. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
"I don't think we are inferior to the Spanish clubs or Bayern Munich," Cazorla, pictured after scoring against Fulham in January 2014, told CNN. "We are very strong too and can be at that level next season." AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS
Cazorla hailed last year's signing Alexis Sanchez as the player of the season. The forward scored 21 goals in his debut Arsenal campaign before going on to help Chile win the Copa America on home soil. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
In Sanchez's absence, England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played a starring role with the only goal against Chelsea in the curtain-raiser to the new English season. IAN KINGTON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Arsenal's new goalkeeper Petr Cech kept a clean sheet against his old club in the FA Community Shield match at Wembley Stadium on August 2. GLYN KIRK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (back turned) ended a 13-match winless run against his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho (left). IAN KINGTON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The victory, along with other preseason successes, has raised hopes that Arsenal can end an 11-season wait for a Premier League title. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Cazorla has enjoyed plenty of international success, winning Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 with Spain. Getty Images