Cazorla Replacement


#141

The thing about Santi is he was a fine wine. CM wasn’t by any means his natural position, yet as his athleticism began to dwindle slightly, his technical ability allowed him to take to the role like a duck to water.

Santi’s a strange one, any player with that kind of ability on the ball should absolutely be in the final third of the pitch. Perhaps an aging Mata might find himself in the same situation.


#142

Santi had played deeper in his earlier career though


#143

He played all over the MF for Malaga, though from what some of their fans told me that was out of necessity. Great players will always find a position and a way into a team, I’m a firm believer of that.


#144

Spot on. He matured into that deeper role using his experience in this league. You cant really buy that. His loss as a vital cog in midfield has been noticable. The change of formation was much needed to bring out the best in other players to make us more of a unit.


#145

I don’t know if we will buy a midfielder with the prospective to have Xhaka, Ramsey, Oxlade and Coquelin.


#146

The “prospective” to have oxlade and coquelin playing in midfield for us is exactly why we need one.


#147

Who do you want as 4th choice, Neeskens? We’re not Real Madrid.


#148

Aaron Ramsey.

Try to offload Elneny and Wilshere. Buy another CM; Xhaka, buy, Coquelin and Ramsey as CM options.


#149

Torreira’s release clause is only €12m :giroud:


#150

Watched Sampdoria last night, had money on them to beat Fiorentina away even tho they won I’m never doing that again lol but anyway I’m really starting to love this little guy, partly because I think he’s the type of player we’re missing in midfield at the moment.

That said Torreira’s not a like for like replacement for Santi, he’s probably closer to a defensive version of Verratti so would one of the mods be able to move these two post to the young talents thread.

Some of his stats for last season


#151

We won’t get a like for like replacement anyway. Cazorla has an unique skillset for a centre midfielder partially because of his experience on other positions. I think we’d benefit more with a defensive version of Verrati on the long term btw.


#152

Yeah I’ve been thinking that too mate, here’s hoping Wenger feels the same way.


#153

As much as we need a replacement for Cazorla, I don’t think it’s anywhere near the top of the list of Wenger’s priorities.

He will need to replace Sanchez and Ozil, as well as a winger, and will need at least one top quality CB and probably a GK, so the Cazorla position will be left, like it has been, last season and this.


#154

Should be at the top, tbh. We don’t look as good as we were with Santi.


#155

We’ll fill one or two of the holes and leave a couple open, pushing the ball forward another year…


#156

#157

For years I have been telling Wenger that Isco is perfect replacement for Cazorla but he. just. won’t. listen :frowning:


#158

This ship has sailed a long time ago, mate. If there was a ship in the first place anyway.


#159

I suppose there was. So many times Isco was benched for prolonged period either to accomodate Di Maria/James Rodriguez/ n other attacking players Madrid had.
Plus he started off as a winger for Malaga, so naturally he was not going to replace Ronaldo & big money Bale.
So if Wenger had swooped in and offered big money, Real might have been tempted.

But yeah the ship has indeed sailed. far away.
Gosh I wanted him in Arsenal colors so much.


#160

Should have for Isco some years ago, but Wenger is always slow thinking :xhaka: