Swansea were good to pressure us. They controlled Xhaka and Ramsey without any problem for the first 30 minutes.
Yesterday our options were less, because Bellerìn is a solution which the players love to use. There are games when our attacks were only on the right, ignoring the left flank.
We started to play well when Ozil started to receive the ball on midfield and not on attack and Xhaka tried some passes than the first half when him and Ramsey looked slow and confused. Our major problem is to find Ozil: without Santi Cazorla, there isn’t the connection between defense and attack (Ozil). Granit Xhaka is a defensive midfielder. His passes on the attacking third were only on the flanks (especially on the left to Alexis Sanchez).
If we analyze the pass combinations before and after Santi Cazorla, yesterday Xhaka passed the ball to Ozil less than 10 times (Ramsey only 11), Xhaka passed the ball to the advanced playmaker (Ramsey and Iwobi) at Vitality Stadium less than 10 times, 13 passes from Granit to Iwobi against Palace.
Cazorla 19 to Mesut vs Soton, 28 vs Hull City, 26 vs Chelsea, 23 vs Burnley and between 10 and 15 against Swansea and Watford.
We can play with the same tactic with and without Cazorla, but the interpretation should be different. Try to play with the same style despite the presence of Xhaka and the absence of Cazorla, is a big mistake, because we suffer the teams which put pressure on our midfeilders.