Santi Cazorla has managed to recapture the form he showed when he first joined us in 2012, and looks to have thrived in the absence of Mesut Özil. With the German recently returning from injury however, Cazorla has spoken out on Arsenal Player about his desire to remain in a central role.
The Spaniard has been pulling the strings from midfield, and provided a number of hugely important goals and assists in December. He is aware that he may need to fight harder to retain his place now that World Cup winner Özil has returned, but is confident he can continue in his current vein of form.
“I have more space [in the middle], more possibilities to score and assist, and I like this position very much,” he said.
“I always can help the team and I love when I play in the middle.
“I want to continue to play at this level for the rest of the season. I always want to help the team with goals.
“I hope to score more until the end of the season. It’s very important for me and the team.”
Arsene Wenger has regularly tried to accommodate both players at once, shifting one man out to the flanks in an attempt to fit the playmaker pair into the team at the same time.
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This tactic has often proved detrimental to the team however, with neither man completely comfortable out wide, and both players finding themselves naturally drifting into the middle.
Hopefully Cazorla can continue performing the way we know he can, and the competition for places will motivate Özil to find some semblance of the form he showed in a Real Madrid shirt.