Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has questioned Arsenal’s reliance on Santi Cazorla stating that the Gunners are currently looking like a one-man team.
As was expected, a raft of critics and journalists abused the ‘one-man team’ headline after the little Spaniard fell a little flat in Arsenal’s consecutive losses against Norwich in the Premier League and Scalke in the Champions League.
Too an extent and looking objectively at the situation, I would have to agree with the former Arsenal man. Few could object that Cazorla has very much been the creative hub for Arsenal so far this season.
When you throw into the mix that he is in the attacking midfield position, where it is effectively his job to create chances for our front three, of course there is some reliance on him to create goal-scoring opportunities.
But, in saying this, Arsenal’s increased reliance on Cazorla in those two matches was born out of injury. Arsenal looked very strong with Diaby in midfield before he succumbed to injury and with Wilshere looking very sharp after making a successful comeback to the Premier League, Merson is perhaps ringing the alarm bells much too early.
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Cazorla has taken much of the spotlight since his arrival, but it must be remembered that Diaby also produced a number of excellent performances alongside the Spaniard earlier in the season and Wilshere was arguably Arsenal’s best player on the pitch against QPR last weekend.
I am adamant that both Wilshere and Diaby will alleviate this reliance on Cazorla. This is without even mentioning Walcott and Gibbs. The former of which adds much needed pace out wide and the latter a much more being a much dynamic performer and better link-up with Podolski in comparison to Santos.
What do you guys think? Has Cazorla been relied on too heavily by Arsenal? Was Arsenal’s mini- slump more directly related to injuries? Feel free to leave a comment below or in allArsenal’s forum under the Spaniard’s thread!