Arsene Wenger demands more praise for unappreciated Santi Cazorla
Arsene Wenger has struck out against Santi Cazorla’s critics suggesting he is one of the most under-rated players in the Premier League. The Frenchman failed to understand why Santi Cazorla hadn’t made it to the Premier League’s team of the season.
Santi Cazorla has been the cornerstone to Arsenal’s success this season. The Spaniard has led the Gunners from the middle of the table to the fourth position, reigniting the hopes of entering the Champions League once again.
The Emirates boss bought Santi Cazorla from Malaga last summer, while promising he would bring success to the club. Santi Cazorla has delivered as promised, but Arsene Wenger believes more is yet come.
As Arsenal prepare for a must-win game against Newcastle United, the last game of the season, Arsene Wenger claims Santi Cazorla deserves more applause that has been directed towards him.
“I think he is a bit of an under-rated player in the Premier League,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “When you think he was not in the team of the season picked by the players, it's quite harsh. Personally I would have put him in there.
“When you look at his quality, that is of course outstanding, but also his attitude and work rate for the team. He is one of the players who has been absolutely outstanding this season.”
Arsene Wenger will have to field a team without Mikel Arteta in the midfield, another man who has been pivotal to Arsenal’s success. Arsene Wenger admits Mikel Arteta has been an “important player” for Arsenal, but the team can will do fine without him in one game.
“Mikel is an important player, but in one game you can always compensate,” Arsene Wenger added. “It's more of a problem when a guy like that misses ten games.
“For one game, we will find the resources to do without him if we have to. I'm convinced we can because he was out for a while during the season and I played all sorts of combinations.
“Arteta was out and we played (Aaron) Ramsey and (Jack) Wilshere. A few times I played (Francis) Coquelin or (Abou) Diaby, so we had a few combinations that could work.”
Midfielder Jack Wilshere could replace Mikel Arteta in the midfield, but Arsene Wenger will be hoping not to play him since its old a couple of days before the youngster goes under the knife for his nagging ankle injury once again.