Speaking after the comprehensive win against Watford yesterday, Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla praised his teammates for the performance and also expressed his belief that Arsenal could win the League this season (via Arsenal.com). The Spanish midfielder played a crucial role for us yesterday, creating several chances and forming a solid partnership with Mesut Ozil going forward. He also contributed defensively, something he does not often do but that became necessary in face of Watford’s more aggressive style of play.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Santi said, “It was a difficult game and a very good win for us. We are second in the league and we need to keep the play at the same level.
“They [Watford] played the long ball and they have very good and strong players in front of them, but we came together and it is very important for us to beat these teams and we are very proud of the team.
“It is a very different game. We played against Manchester United last time and it is a different game. They have very good players but today it was physical and with the team it is the most important thing to play well. We need to keep this level for the future.”
Watford are exactly the kind of opposition Arsenal have struggled against in the past; against the bigger teams our forwards have more space to work with, since the opposition is also looking to attack. The smaller teams prefer to sit deep and play on the counter however, and Arsenal are too often left toothless when facing a determined back line.
But with key players like Sanchez and Ozil in form, our midfield is dominating the ball and creating opportunities with much greater frequency. This is not to say that yesterday’s game was easy; we struggled a lot in the first half. But once their defence started to slow down and tire, we were ruthless.
Cazorla stressed on the importance of finding the goals in such games, saying, “We need to improve the game. It is important to make the first goal but we need more goals and this is the most important thing for the team. We have very good players like Alexis and Mesut which is good.
“We will try to win the league. Game by game it is important for us. We have a vital game against Bayern Munich and after that we have a big game against Everton.”
The game against Bayern will likely decide our European fate this season, and is very important to the manager and players. They will be our first major challenge after the Manchester United game, and we need to prove that the result against United was not a one-off event. Hopefully, our main players stay fit over the next few weeks.