Arsenal’s Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla has enjoyed a fruitful start to life in North London since his summer switch from Malaga, but has outlined Arsenal’s inconsistency as the defining factor behind their fifth placed status.
The little Spaniard has managed eleven goals, taken home three Player of the Month awards as well as earning rave reviews for his impressive first seven months at Emirates Stadium.
But Cazorla can’t do it on his own, and it will take more consistency from his team mates around him to get the Gunners back to where they should be after a turbulent season so far.
The Spanish international told Arsenal Player:
I think I’ve had a positive seven months personally as I have been able to come to a team like Arsenal and play in a great league like the Premier League.
It is a bit different to La Liga in Spain but I’ve adapted very well and I think Arsenal’s style of play has made it a lot easier for me.
On the pitch, we have definitely had our ups and downs; there have been good times and bad times. I think that the team has lacked a bit of consistency and sometimes we have made mistakes that have cost us dearly. Removing these from our game will help us improve in the future.
But it hasn’t been difficult adapting to Arsenal’s style of play or even to the Premier League. It is a bit different to La Liga in Spain but I’ve adapted very well and I think Arsenal’s style of play has made it a lot easier for me.
I was expecting to come into a league that would be a bit more physical, a bit quicker, and had a greater intensity than what I was used to. I was prepared for that, especially the physical side, so I don’t think it was hard for me to adapt.
Certainly the Spaniard has been let down by his defence this season, but also the strikers too. In midfield consistently Arsenal have been decent, Wilshere’s return has ensured that, but prior to the Englishman’s influence Abou Diaby was a strong member of the squad before his respective setback and Arteta, despite being a more box-to-box midfielder has done his best at playing a more defensive role.
The Gunners have fluffled too many easy chances in the final third and that has to improve if they want to regain ground on the top four. Cazorla’s influence, especially recently in the League has been instrumental to their decent run of form but the sides habit of switching off at vital moments of the match has badly affected them and this concentration for 90 minutes needs to be addressed.
But we are lucky to have the talented playmaker among our ranks, he just needs more support and consistency from his team mates.