Despite spending 100m in the summer, Arsenal’s record against the top Premiership teams have been just as bad as usual if not worse, especially away from home where we haven’t beaten any of the Top 7 teams.
For some strange reason, Arsene thinks that if Cazorla had been able to play the results against the big teams would have been better. He said today on Arsenal.com: “Away from home, we’ve faded in big games. We didn’t take enough points and that’s very difficult to explain because it was the reverse last season. We made many teams against all the big teams away from home.
“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.”
Could it really just be because we didn’t have Cazorla? He says that Santi contributed a lot last season, but the fact is that Santi only started 15 games in the whole campaign and was in the treatment for the rest of the season. if the Spaniard was really that important why didn’t Wenger plan for the same thing to happen this year? He is 32 years old after all and was unlikely to suddenly reverse to the form he was in a few years ago.
And the thing that really worries me is that Wenger has already given Cazorla another years contract, so do we actually have room in the squad for someone to replace him, because the chances of him making a big impact on next season is looking very unlikely…
Is he that important to Arsenal’s success?