Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla claims that playing in a deeper midfield role makes him feel the most comfortable, in a week where he’s received some flack from former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, Arsenal Player reports.
Neville claimed that while he admired Cazorla as a football player, he doesn’t think we can win the Premier League with the Spaniard operating as a central midfielder.
However, Cazorla has talked up his performances in that role and believes that the more he’s on the ball, the better his influence on a football game will be.
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“The more I touch the ball, the more confident I get and that’s why I need to have contact with the ball,” Cazorla told our media channel.
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“If I don’t touch it for a period of time I feel uneasy.
“Thanks to playing in this new position, I’m touching the ball a lot and that makes me happy. I’m loving my new position on the pitch.”
Cazorla has been one of our most influential players over the past 12 months and his new role as been somewhat of a revelation. However, Liverpool’s tactic of playing three powerful midfielders was something the former Malaga man struggled to deal with.
Therefore, Neville’s comments are understandable considering that almost every title-winning team has a very powerful midfield to drag them across the line.
It remains to be seen whether Cazorla and can inspire us to the Premier League title.