Arsenal managed a third Premier League win of the season on Saturday to stay within five points of league leaders Manchester City.

A slow start saw the Gunners lose to West Ham United and draw with Liverpool, but a more encouraging performance saw the team beat Stoke City in one of the most convincing 2-0 displays you’re ever likely to see.

Hopefully it is a sign of things to come, with players clicking and everything falling into place, and midfielder Santi Cazorla feels like he is hitting his stride.

“I feel better every game. The most important thing for me is always to help the team,” the midfielder said on Arsenal.com post-game show The Final Whistle

“I had an assist for Giroud and I had so many chances to score but the keeper made good saves.”

Cazorla’s delightfully weighted free-kick was headed in by Giroud late on to seal the win, and the Spaniard did manage to force Jack Butland into one save as well as having two other efforts blocked.

The midfielder is still looking for his first goal of the season but, as long as he and the team are doing well, he won’t be too fussed about waiting for it.

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“I feel good and I always want to help the team, that’s the most important thing for me.”

Another player who sacrifices himself for the side is Francis Coquelin, who anchored the midfield again at the weekend. Cazorla had a lot of praise for his midfield partner after the match.

“It’s amazing playing with him,” the Spanird admitted. “He’s helped me a lot. He plays well, he defends well and I think he’s one of the best players in this position.

“We are lucky because he plays for Arsenal and I enjoy it a lot with him in this position.”

Coquelin’s defensive work allows Cazorla to shine, so it is no shock the diminutive playmaker enjoys having the Frenchman alongside him.