Santi Cazorla has called for Arsenal to make changes for the new campaign, in order to mount a serious title challenge for the Premier League title.
Banners were held up within the Emirates Stadium this weekend calling for a change in management or the backroom, although that was swiftly followed by chants of ‘there’s only one Arsene Wenger’, which counteracted the supposed protest.
Midfielder Cazorla has now called for changes to be made to the style of play, as opposed to a change in personnel.
“Certainly we need to change something, because if we want to win we need to change,” he said. “We will see what we have to do, but I think we need to be more regular, regular every time.
“This year we lost at home to Swansea, drew at home to Crystal Palace, and this is the difference if you want to win the league.
“For example against Crystal Palace when we were winning 1-0, we need to think about defending sometimes.”
“It’s true we have a great mentality and great philosophy, because we always want to attack and always want to score, but sometimes we need to be clever.
“If we are winning 1-0 we need to protect this result and win the three points.
“We had a great opportunity [to win the title], we know that and we are disappointed.
“We know we had a great opportunity to win the league this year and the only thing now is to fight until the end for the final three games.”
Amidst all the angst, frustration and protest, it is refreshing to finally start hearing some valid views, with Cazorla making some extremely valid points. Holding onto wins needs to be prioritised over playing entertaining football. That should be a no-brainer.
It is time to put the season and the protests behind us, as the only result of them is a greater divide within our own fans, and we need to simply reunite to back the team for the new season. Following the failed protest, can we now put the negativity back in it’s box?