Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has launched a stinging criticism of Santi Cazorla, by claiming that the Spaniard has escaped a fair amount of stick this season.
The 29 year old has made nearly 40 appearances for the North Londoners this term and is generally considered one of the Gunners most influential players.
The former striker believes the Spaniard has failed to turn up in the big games this season and has branded the Spaniard not good enough to play for Arsenal.
According to the Express, he said:
The team’s had bad injuries but some of these players who are playing just now have not turned up to any of the big games.
I’m probably going to upset some Arsenal fans with certain names. Cazorla’s been an eye-catcher but he’s not simply good enough for Arsenal.
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He’s got magical feet, he’s got the talent to play at Arsenal but he doesn’t turn up in the big games. It’s up to the players to show fight.
Who gets stick? Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere; never, ever him [Cazorla].
I expect more from him because he’s talented.
Cazorla moved to the Emirates Stadium back in 2012 from La Liga club Villarreal and has featured 87 times in total scoring 16 goals. He has been a vital player for the Gunners since his arrival, but has been relatively unproductive against the top sides and was lackluster against Wigan on Saturday.
The Spaniard is obviously a wonderfully gifted technical player, but he is not a “world class” player and has not been good enough in the big games for Arsenal this season. Of course the lesser sides need to be beaten as well and in this regard Cazorla has been very effective with his own individual quality at times too much for some of the smaller teams.
The Gunners form against the top tier sides has been the reason for Arsenal still not being at the top of the Premier League and unfortunately Cazorla has contributed to this. He needs to show his worth in the remaining four-five weeks of the season.
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