Santi Cazorla has told Arsenal.com that he is ‘ready’ for the position change that sees him playing in the middle of the park rather than out wide.
Despite the fact that it means having to put Aaron Ramsey on the wing, Arsene Wenger seems determined to utilise Santi Cazorla in the middle in a deeper role than we have seen from him since he arrived at the club in 2012.
Wearing the captain’s armband against Liverpool in the absence of both Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker, the tiny wizard, said “I’m always ready to play in any position on the field.
“Luckily I’ve played in many different places, such as both wings, behind the striker or as a midfielder. Therefore, I am no stranger to this new position.
“As soon as the manager informed me about my role change, I told him I was ready for it. To be honest I’ve found myself very comfortable in this new position since the very first day. I’m a player who needs to touch the ball as much as possible and for any possible purpose on the pitch, from giving an assist to a short pass.
“The more I touch the ball, the more confident I get and that’s why I need to have contact with the ball. If I don’t touch it for a period of time I feel uneasy. Thanks to playing in this new position, I’m touching the ball a lot and that makes me happy. I’m loving my new position on the pitch.”
His calmness and ability on the ball is certainly needed alongside Francis Coquelin whom, although he continues to improve, still has a number of issues he needs to work on in his game; namely his passing and rashness when it comes to making decisions.
Quite how we continue to stick one of the best central midfielders on the planet in Ramsey out on the wing, however, to accommodate these two in the middle, is another matter for another day.