Santi Cazorla


#81

Reading


#82

The whole lot of them today will have the week off until Sunderland in 7 days time, with the exception of Elneny I guess.


#83

Jacks done 90 mins. Time for a re-call.


#84

I think 90 minutes itself is a win. If he can keep playing 90 minute games then the loan will be a success imo. He’s rebuilding and finding his feet after a serious injury lay off, can’t fault him for that.


#85

It’s a little worrying how reliant we are on a 32 year old, but I suppose we all knew this before a ball was kicked this season.


#86

I think he’s somewhat a unique case here. He just needs to be monitored week by week I feel, we can’t expect him to play every game this season.


#87

Couldn’t agree more, we probably can’t expect him to play more than 30 league games its just a shame for us the 8-10 he misses could se us drop a savage amount of points.


#88

Cazorla is a pretty important part to the team, but us not being able to replace his creativity is also a sign this squad is imbalanced. We have got zero creative players outside of Cazorla and Ozil or youngsters who are not ready for it (Reine-Adelaide).


#89

Xhaka and Ramsey were also missing


#90

Case in point. Especially Ramsey.


#91

Very hard to replace creative players like Cazorla.
Even Spain’s reserves have dried up a bit in this current generation.

5 years ago Spain had an amazing bunch - Silva, Iniesta, Xavi, Cazorla, Mata, Fabregas.


#92

Jack is probably the best like for like replacement we actually have at Arsenal and he’s at Bournemouth.


#93

They’re nothing alike, the only similarity is that they’re both short and technically gifted.


#94

Yeah they aren’t really alike probably the wrong choice of words by myself but Wilshere would give us some sort of creativity in the centre of the park is what I was getting at.


#95

I’m reading that he won’t be fit for tomorrow. Makes me a lot less confident. I dont really trust Elneny to be as creative, and Xhaka is a red card waiting to happen tomorrow :neutral_face:

Edit: or even worse…Ramsey :open_mouth:


#96

He needs to make at least the bench.


#97

Sometimes the stats don’t lie. Our win percentage drops massively when he doesn’t play. We really don’t have an answer as a backup either we’ve got nobody who can do what Santi does the way he does it. Tbf there aren’t a lot of players in the world that can do it, but still it’s a major issue in the squad imo.


#98

Maybe that’s what Wilshere is learning to do at Bournemouth


#99

Considering hes on the cusp of turning 32 we’d want to start finding some solutions.


#100

I hope so.

Yes and no. Giggs and Scholes played into their late 30’s on title winning teams. It’s not like Santi relies on his pace.