Everyone with an interest in the success of Arsenal Football Club should be crossing their fingers and toes and hoping that the next time Arsene Wenger has to select a starting line up, which will be away to West Bromwich Albion after the two week international break, he will be able to name a fully fit Santi Cazorla in the side.
The little Spaniard was replaced at halftime against the spuds and he might as well not have started because the boss revealed after the game that Cazorla was suffering from some mystery illness that was clearly affecting his game and the Frenchman suggested that his central midfielder was only operating at around 30 percent.
After the Gunners could only salvage a point with a late Kieran Gibbs goal some people will point to the good chances missed by Olivier Giroud or the fact that Alexis Sanchez was jaded and unable to influence the game, or the ease with which our makeshift and not fully match fit defence allowed the visitors to score the opening goal.
But I think that our big problem was the loss of Cazorla. He sets the tone and the fact that the whole team´s passing accuracy of just 75 percent was down by over 10 points from the previous Premier League game against Swansea tells a stark story.
Without his accuracy, control and vision in the middle, the Gunners struggle to play the style of football that we have become used to and has got us into this good position, so is he the most important player and a vital cog in the success or failure of Arsenal?