Santi Cazorla fits into the Arsenal way of playing like a hand in a glove, and has become a vital and integral part of the Gunners. The Spaniard has played in every single Premier league game this season, starting all but one of them. He also started all the Champions league games except the final one where Arsene Wenger rested a lot of players.
It is clear that Wenger places a lot of responsibility on Cazorla, and if you look at his stats it is clear to see why. First of all, his position is vital. Whereas he often played as a winger, both left and right, for Malaga and Villareal in the Spanish Primera Liga, Wenger deploys him in the middle of the pitch. This means that Cazorla is involved in a huge portion of Arsenal’s play, especially going forward. Cazorla has responded well to his new role, and his stats bear this out. He has already equalled his best scoring figure of nine, with plenty of games to beat it. He has also got more assists than all but one of his previous seasons.
There is an interesting comparison between Cazorla, Juan Mata and David Silva and their league form compiled by EPLindex.com. It shows that Cazorla is the more influential of the three in the final third, with more passes(823) than Silva(715) or Mata(610) and a better accuracy(82%) than Silva(80%) or Mata(77%). They also show the number of through balls played, and it is quite surprising to see that Santi has made over three times the amount(43) than Mata(13) and nearly double that of Silva(28). Mata has a slightly better accuracy but for the amount of through balls played Cazorla’s figures of 42 percent accuracy are extremely good.
The stats for chances created are quite similar between the three players, although Mata has three more assists. When it comes to scoring, Cazorla(9) is just one behind Mata(10) but he has had fewer clear cut chances(5) but a better conversion rate(60%). Cazorla shoots more often than the other two, but they are often long range efforts. His chance conversion rate shows that he could be very dangerous if he gets into the box more.
Santi is really enjoying his football with Arsenal, and is comfortable in the team and with his role in it. If he can help to bring some of the success he experienced with Spain in Euro 2008 and 2012, that would be evn better.