Thursday, 20 March 2014

Cazorla to be the main man for Arsenal this weekend

Arsenal's title challenge goes on the line this weekend as they face the considerable barrier that is Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have dropped just two points all season in front of their home fans and after wins over fellow challengers Manchester City and Liverpool will fancy their chances of picking up three points against another rival.

The Gunners hopes have been dealt a blow by the absence of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil, however there is one man, one who has failed to hit the impressive heights of last season that could be a game changer this weekend, Santi Cazorla.

With Ozil out, the play-making responsibility will fall on the shoulders of the Spanish International.

The former Malaga man weighted in 12 goals and 11 assists however his tally this time round a more meager 4 of each.

Cazorla has not struggled for game time, as evidenced by 22 league starts however, while according to he has outperformed Ozil and Wilshere, his average score is 7.32 versus the 7.19 and 7.02 boasted by his midfield partners.

The major difference this time round is unlike last season this time round the Spaniard is not the main man

Ozil is the £42.5 million miracle man, Aaron Ramsey the new kid on the block finally showing his potential and Jack Wilshere, well he is English, all of which has pushed Cazorla down the rankings.

On Saturday however Wenger will turn to the 29 year old to help the Gunners improve of their record of just three wins at Stamford Bridge since 2004.

Cazorla is Arsenal's third top scoring midfielder in fantasy league points and again is just behind Ramsey when it comes to average per game on the road.

His only goal away from home this season came in the 2-2 draw with Southampton but he has claimed two assists on his travels, both against London teams, Fulham and West Ham United.

With an average of 2.3 shots per game and 1.5 key passes Cazorla could be the key to unlocking the Chelsea defence, he needs to be, a defeat this weekend could all but end Arsenal’s title hopes while it would enforce Deloitte’s, I mean, Chelsea fans belief that Jose Mourinho is wrong and the club can win the title this season.

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