If you don’t know what Santi has been through — and have a strong stomach — read this. This little tubby-looking guy can stand in the middle of the pitch and make a team sing — he was far more important to Arsenal than almost anyone recognized. Also, just for the record, he’s the most ambidextrous soccer player I have ever seen. Takes corners with either foot, according to need, with equal skill. Even his teammates aren’t sure whether he’s right- or left-footed. God bless you, Santi!

Alan Jacobs @ayjay