Cazorla Analyis: by SV
It’s been done, I know, but not yet by me and I’d just like to have my say. Today’s article will focus on Arsenal’s new signing Santi Cazorla. At least, he’s a new signing unless there’s some drastic U-turn between me writing this and you reading it. Anyway, the Spaniard SEEMS to be joining us, so the article is still valid.
The exciting Spaniard has been called by podcaster Sid Lowe as ‘the best player [in Spain] not playing for Madrid or Barcelona’. Now that’s saying something. Just to jog your memories, there’s plenty of talent in Spain outside the two big clubs. Think Llorente. Think Jesus Navas. Think Javi Martinez. And apparently Cazorla’s better than any of them. Not bad.
Cazorla could fit into several of the positions in our system, but those who think that he could replace RVP are kidding themselves. He’s not a striker, but rather a creative midfielder. That means that he could play in either of the wide positions in the front three of our 4-3-3, and could also play in the hole which Cesc used to occupy. If I were to hazard a guess (and this is assuming our squad stays the same), I would say that Wenger intends to initially deploy him here, as an attacking midfielder. This is because we are currently short on central players and Cazorla doesn’t quite have the pace to play as a traditional winger.
And, call me stupid, but if I were to compare Santi with any of our current crop, I’d probably say that he’s most like the Ox. Obviously, there are some differences, but I think that there are plenty of similarities too. For one, they both like to take shots from distance. Also, they both have an explosive style which is incredibly useful in the final third. So, since Wenger has said that he wants the Ox to eventually play centrally, it isn’t that far-fetched to imagine Cazorla there.
However, if RVP were to leave, I expect that Cazorla would probably be deployed elsewhere. I say this because I don’t think that Giroud is ready to fill Van Persie’s shoes quite yet, so I would have Podolski playing up top in his preferred position. This would mean that Cazorla could move out to the left of that front three. And, to avoid seemingly contradicting myself, though I said that Cazorla isn’t cut out to be a traditional winger, it doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t play out wide. Think about it, Nasri (curse his name) used to play out wide when he played for us, and, though he was quick, he didn’t have blistering pace. I think that, if Cazorla were to play out wide, he would do more cutting in on his favoured right foot as opposed to trying to go outside the defender to the by-line.
But I’m going to stop there. I don’t want to get ahead of myself because, as I write this, there are only rumours that Santi has signed. I hope to wake up tomorrow to a confirmation from Arsenal.com.
So till tomorrow.
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