Since Santi Cazorla has succumbed to a long term injury for the second season running at Arsenal, it would seem obvious that the Gunners should have been pursuing a top class replacement in the meantime. Wenger has tried various other players in his role including Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but none of them have even come close to Cazorla’s creativity on a regular basis.
As the Gunners legend Martin Keown said: “They need to sign one of Europe’s best midfield players.
“Granit Xhaka is improving but he is not putting fear into the Premier League’s top teams.
“Arsenal need a player who can dictate the play. They have felt the loss of Santi Cazorla greatly and it has massively affected the group.”
Even Arsene Wenger highlighted how much the little Spaniard has been mised when he said this week about the team’s failings this season: “It was a turning point at Everton and Manchester City where we lost two games on the trot just after a Champions League game. It took our confidence away from us a little bit. Away from home, maybe even more than home, Cazorla was a very important player for us. He contributed a lot last season but this season we lost him very early.” he said.
So even Wenger agrees we need a similar sort of player with that extra touch of class right now, but it is also obvious we should have got one last summer.
Who could we tempt this summer when we can’t even offer Champions League football?