Tag Archives: Cazorla

How Alexis effect is taking Arsenal to the next level

Arsenal have been accused of being a one man team this season after the summer signing from Barcelona, Alexis Sanchez, exploded onto the Premier League stage and often saved the Gunners from a poor performance. This happened a lot in the first half of the season and the likes of anti-Arsenal football pundits like Adrian `donkey` Durham and the ever deluded spuds fans used this to claim that we were basically rubbish and the Chilean was holding us up.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal review – Lucky, Clinical, Battling, Victorious

I don´t suppose we should be too surprised anymore, because Arsenal have started doing it a few times this season, but it is not the typr of game that we used to see from the Gunners. You could say that we were lucky, especially as the replays showed that the foul for the penalty that gave us our 7th minute lead was just outside the box.

But it was very close and Danny Welbeck did brilliantly to pounce on the ball and draw the foul. And Cazorla seems to be infallible from the spot these days. However, Crystal Palace gave us a real hard time after that and could have levelled if they had been a bit more clinical.

Official teams and preview of Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has gone with a very strong Arsenal starting line-up for today´s visit to Crystal Palace in the Premier league, highlighting just how much importance the manager is putting on this game. With some really big games coming up in the Champions League and FA cup, and with the terrible run of injury problems that have beset the Gunners for well over a year, I thought he might have hedged his bets.

I must admit to a bit of surprise, though, in Wenger´s central midfield selection. He has left the fit again Jack Wilshere on the bench and Tomas Rosicky is there with the young England international. Instead the boss has gone with Santi Cazorla alongside Francis Coquelin.

Guess which Hack had ANOTHER biased pop at Arsenal?

If I gave you Arsenal fans out there three guesses which so-called football journalist has launched another uncalled for and misinformed anti-Arsenal attack this week, you would probably get it right. Not the human equivalent of valium that is Michael Owen and his BT sport commentary and not the former Gunner Stewart Robson who seems to think that Arsene Wenger is the devil incarnate. It was the Gooner’s favourite Adrian Durham who wrote a mind boggling attack on Arsenal players and fans in the Daily Mail.

Arsenal need SUCCESS to keep Cazorla away from Atletico

You have probably heard the worrying suggestion that the Arsenal and Spain international star midfielder Santi Cazorla is wanted back in La Liga by the current Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. But even though the little magician has recently turned 30-years old, I believe that he is in his prime and that Arsene Wenger must do everything in his power to convince Cazorla to stick with Arsenal.

It might not be easy though, despite Santi having signed a contract extension less than a year ago. The lure of Spain, La Liga and a successful club like Atletico will be strong but the Gunners do have a few things to tempt the Spanish maestro with ourselves.

Noooo! Santi Cazorla CANNOT leave Arsenal!

There are worrying reports circulating this morning that Arsenal have already agreed to let our little Spaniard Santi Cazorla return to Spain this summer with Atletico Madrid.

Cazorla has been one of our star players this season and held the side together (along with Alexis Sanchez) when the side was decimated with injuries for the first half of the season. And yesterday’s game against Middlesbrough showed the world that Santi could play effectively alongside Mesut Ozil, a combination that was thought to be mutually exclusive until now.

Arsenal v Middlesborough Player Ratings – Ozil MOTM

Arsenal 2 – 0 Middlesborough Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
Wasn’t challenged at all by the opposition. A very comfortable game thanks to our outfield players.

Chambers -7
Did well to get forward and made good passes and overlaps but never did anything spectacularly. It was comfortable for him and he’s clearly a more defensive full back than Gibbs.

Gabriel – 7
A good debut for the Brazilian. No real mistakes and made a couple of good last ditch tackles. His raw pace really aids his game.

Time for Arsenal to unleash Ozil in number 10 role?

Despite the fact that the terrible run of luck that Arsenal have had to cope with for well over a year now still shows no real sign of going away, at least Arsene Wenger now has a stronger squad to choose from. Even though it looks highly unlikely that the boss will be able to call on the awesome Alexis Sanchez, the attacking side of our team should still be pretty fearsome.

Did Wenger mess up with Arsenal subs?

There were a lot of comments on the website today that suggested that the Arsenal fans were a bit nonplussed by the substitutions made by Arsene Wenger today and that was while the game was poised at 1-1. I don’t think anyone would blame the boss for replacing Francis Coquelin with our young striker Chuba Akpom after Tottenham took the lead but the two before can certainly be called into question.

Arsenal bosses tactics NOT too defensive at Tottenham

Don’t blame the boss! by Sam P

A lot of Arsenal fans will blame Arsene Wenger for this disappointing defeat away to our north London rivals today. Because while Tottenham played well and put us under a lot of pressure, the Gunners seemed content to sit back and defend while hoping to hit them on the break. So did Wenger set his Arsenal team up too defensively and hand the initiative to the home side?

Arsenal Debate – Who will be SECOND BEST player of the season?

I didn’t think there was too much point in asking the Arsenal fans who they thought would end up being voted as the Gunners’ player of the season. Even if he does not play again between now and May, our Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez would surely still get the award.

But after the superb Alexis, there are quite a few players making a case for themselves, and the next few months could see one or a few of them have a massive impact on how the season pans out for Arsenal. At the minute you would have to say Santi Cazorla, who has just won his second PFA fans player of the month award to go with his second similar award from the Arsenal fans.

Can an Arsenal Player win the PFA Player-of-Year award?

Can Santiago Cazorla win the PFA Player of the Year Award? By Twig

The last time an Arsenal player won the PFA player of the year award was since Robin van Persie which feels like it was very long ago. This season, the two Arsenal players who seem closest to this award are Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla.