Santi Cazorla, the Spain international, has struggled to get playing time at Arsenal so far this season. Wenger has preferred picking Wilshere and Ozil ahead of the Spaniard, and thus he has been relegated to a bit part role as a substitute. Cazorla was brought on yesterday after the injury to Aaron Ramsey, and turned in an acceptable performance.
After the game, Cazorla spoke to Arsenal.com about his new teammate Danny Welbeck, and about how the young Englishman brings something new to the Arsenal squad. The striker was a deadline day signing from Manchester United. Cazorla professed himself delighted that a striker like Welbeck was part of the club and said he was impressed by Welbeck’s workrate as well as his goal against Aston Villa.
Danny is a really different player to the ones we’ve had before at Arsenal. He’s a clinical finisher, he’s quick and he’s always looking for space.
Olivier Giroud is another kind of striker. He’s good at headers because he’s tall and strong. Welbeck provides us with something that we didn’t have before and we have to make the most of him and take advantage of having him in the team.
Due to injuries to the key trio of Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta in the game against the Spurs, Cazorla now looks to be a certainty to start against Galatasaray in the Champions League midweek. Speaking about that game, Cazorla admitted that the pressure was on the Gunners to deliver after their opening loss to Dortmund.
It was a bad game [in Dortmund]. Now we are fully aware that we are almost obliged to win the next Champions League game because there may be problematic times for us [if we don’t] so we’d better win.
It’s true that Arsenal have a great record when it comes to the group stage. However, all that history doesn’t count now.
The most important thing for Arsenal right now is to win the next game and that is going to change the scenario completely. Once we go through the group stage it becomes even more difficult to win games.
Unfortunately for the past two seasons we’ve faced Bayern Munich, the toughest opponent [in the last 16], but I think that if we carry on and work hard we can go far in the competition.
Arsenal need to try to win their group to ensure easier opposition in the knockout stages. With another game to come against Dortmund, a win against Galatasaray would do the team a world of good, and also help to build confidence ahead of the trip to Chelsea.