Since joining Arsenal in August of 2012, Santi Cazorla has been a common topic of discussion for Arsenal supporters. From his first official performance for the club at home against Sunderland, to his most recent against Ludogorets, the little Spaniard has given us a lot to smile about.
Unfortunately, over the last few years, Santi hasn’t had much of an opportunity to showcase his silky smooth touch, and 360 degree vision on the pitch. If the latest rumors have any credibility behind them, it may be a while before we see him take the pitch again.
As I scrolled through social media to figure out if Lacazette had completed his medical, I was caught off guard with the reports that Santi had suffered yet another setback. How the hell was this even possible? No chance it’s true, right?! He may only be back in April now?
According to his official Instagram account, he posted the above picture. But, does it actually mean he didn’t suffer a setback? If you look back at his post four days ago, he appears to be wearing the same outfit as the picture he posted Tuesday, so I’m assuming the post isn’t all that recent. Maybe a way to try and calm the storm, before actually confirming the setback?
Below is his second to last post on Instagram, thanking those at the gym for his recovery. So, still believe the rumor? I do!
Going back to the 15/16 campaign, Santi has made 32 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal. Just to put that into perspective, in his first three years at the club, he averaged 49 appearances.
Not only was he a regular on the team sheet, but he would give Arsenal that extra flair and confidence when coming out of the back.
We all know Arsene Wenger is a fan of beautiful football, which means playing out from the back. Without Santi, that became difficult at times because there wasn’t anyone else who had his vision, experience, and technique. If the team was in trouble at the back, get the ball to Santi, he’ll sort it all out. Unable to create offense? Give the ball to Santi, he’ll make something happen.
The simplest of turns on the ball in our defensive third would send the opposing player to the cleaners. A pass that he made look so simple would carve open opposing teams, leaving us begging for more. So now you’re telling us that we have to wait even longer to see him back on the pitch?!
I think he would form such a great partnership with Xhaka in the center of the park.
He isn’t someone who wants to get into the box like Rambo, and knows his role is to just spray the ball around the pitch. Let Xhaka do the heavy lifting and push players around, while Santi tip-toes around the pitch to the tune of Ohhhh Santi Cazorrlaaaaa!
While we all wait patiently for Arsenal to announce the signing of Lacazette, I fear that while supporters are celebrating and anti-Arsenal supporters are talking about how Laca is sh*t because they didn’t sign him, a setback for Cazorla may also be confirmed. The plan could be to hope that the celebrations equal out the frustration and disappointment about the little maestro.
Let’s hope it’s all a bunch of bullsh*t! We could really use Santi’s creativity and experience in the squad!