Cazorla Can Help To Compose Arsenal’s New Symphony

@CookieElGooner

So the signing of the summer has arrived. At just £15m, Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez, a diminutive playmaker from Northern Spain has been dubbed as the best transfer deal of the window, and with good reason. A demonstration of the midfielder’s ability is the fact that he has stood out in a league dominated by the titans of world football, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Not only did he stand out, but in 2007, whilst on loan at newly promoted side, Recreativo de Huelva, he managed to win the Spanish Footballer of the Year award, an astronomical achievement considering the circumstances.

Santi also turned down Real Madrid in 2008, citing that “There are many other things in football besides Real Madrid. It’s clear that it is possible to say “no” to them, There is no doubt that they are a great team, but I also feel very satisfied and valued at my club”. Real Madrid at the point had won La Liga for the past two seasons, proving that he will only move to a club if he is valued as a player and that club status is not as significant. This suggests that Cazorla has been guaranteed the creative freedom he likes and also implies that Arsenal will not move to a 4-4-2  formation for the upcoming season, something which has been called for by many Arsenal bloggers, partly due to its success with Arsenal sides in the past.

http://i2.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1230475.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/New+Arsenal+signing+Santi+Cazorla+poses+at+Arsenal+Training+Ground

Cazorla will certainly add a lot to Arsenal’s ever improving squad. He has excellent vision, is equally capable with either foot and is one of the best long-range shooters in world football, scoring 8 of his 9 goals from outside the box last season, the highest tally in Europe.

With Giroud and Podolski already at the club, its safe to say my ambitions for the coming season are about as high as they’ve probably ever been. I honestly believe that we have the talent in the squad to reach 2nd place, a semi final spot in the Champions League and an F.A cup win. A DM is a necessity however, with Song possibly on his way to Barcelona, Coquelin not quite ready and Frimpong, whilst talented, is too irrational with his tackling and cannot be entrusted with such an important role in the side after 2 long term injuries in successive seasons. Someone like Etienne Capoue from Toulouse would be my preferred choice if budget constraints are to be taken into account.

If rumours on Twitter are to be believed then Robin van Persie could be on his way to Manchester United. I may be in the minority but I don’t find a potential departure for our renegade traitor particularly disconcerting. Yes, he’s our best player but any emotional ties I had to the player have left me feeling indifferent about the whole debacle. If he joins our arch- rivals( lets just ignore Tottenham for the moment) then he’s a symbol of hate to me, if he joins Man City then at least we all know his priorities (a bench fetish and his bank account.)

In my opinion we probably need another striker, Giroud is good but we don’t know how he’d do in the premier league. Experience in the English league is practically essential and my preference would be to sign a player who is ready to adapt to English football as an understudy to Olivier Giroud. This player could be Theo Walcott. In pre-season he looked good when drifting out onto the left flank and attempting to curl the ball into the far corner. Unfortunately his accuracy from distance isn’t quite at Henry’s level but I’m sure some hard work in training and run out’s through the middle in cup games would ensure he becomes adept in this role.

So the new season promises much with our new additions, and some more potential recruits on their way. I’ll leave you with my lineup for the first game of the season:

Szczesny, Coquelin, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud.

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35 Comments

  1. goonerdave66

     /  August 8, 2012

    Well written piece James. You know I don;t agree on need for a DM but heh I am excitied about the new season and can’t wait to see Santi in R&W

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  2. ay

     /  August 8, 2012

    If we can retain all d main players of last season there is hope in d air,we av hope of wining a trophy! Up gunners

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  3. Tankx that is gud but i actually like the formation and i am not going to watch again lets look our squad on sunday against podolski former club

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  4. Ayodeji

     /  August 8, 2012

    We nid 2 b more disciplined,datz all.

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  5. aac

     /  August 8, 2012

    Average player for an average team. Don’t think you should ‘hate’ RVP either, without him, your club would have been 15th or something.

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  6. cazorla is the ryt person to handle the mid-field.

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  7. iordye ivase

     /  August 9, 2012

    if ther is one thing i whud like arsen wenger to do is to free R V P to go.He is not a god to arsenal team.We valed Hennry so mach but left baca,but Arsenal was steel ther,doing well.If i can remember,this is one seson he plaed to the end sens he came to arsenal.He was the one that gave us in the hands of AC Milan and we were out of the champions leg last year.

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  8. 4 me arsenal is the best term 4 rvp

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  9. edd edd and eddie

     /  August 9, 2012

    Carzola average??? Nobody who makes the spanish national squad (midfield) especially is average by any stretch, I would however play walcott ahead of gervinho? And I don’t think mr wenger likes the idea of a CDM he seems to prefer box to box midfielders which is what I’d class song as. Much happier than I was this time last year must say.

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    • Yeah maybe, however Gervinho’s looked really good in pre-season so far so we’ll see. Yeah, we need to shore up our defensive record though so an anchorman is imperative.

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  10. DM is necessary ,even as cover for Alex Song.We need a solid midfield like the one led by P.V himself, a traitor at Man City.

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  11. Larzz

     /  August 9, 2012

    Chez
    Sagna-Kozz-Varmaelen-Gibbs
    Arteta-Song
    Wacott -Cazorla-Gervinho
    Giroud-Podolski
    COYG!

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  12. godfrey

     /  August 9, 2012

    l can’t wait 4 the season 2 start. Ths tym we stand a big chance 2 win the championship. I wsh th new signings a season full of beautiful soccer and wins. To those players we had last season, lets build frm where we left off. Go GUNNERS go, let th cannon shoot to your best ability

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  13. Ken Kim

     /  August 9, 2012

    Song aint leaving, he owes his career to Wenger damnit! If he leaves i ll believe loyalty doesnt exist anymore in Football.

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  14. Van p€r$£€ to manure is not palatable at all. Better city

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  15. Hammedo valentino

     /  August 9, 2012

    We need DM and right back wit julio cesear added to current squad wit V.P we are winning double next season

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  16. George

     /  August 9, 2012

    Ferguson’s plans alongside his fellow arsenal haters is to bring setbck 2us but d old fool’s plans wldnt wrk. Plus or minus v.p we hav a threat posin squad@ d moment, 1mo top sriker n we’re done. F**k fag-usin

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  17. Saidu Adamu Jalo

     /  August 9, 2012

    This is my line up for next season. Sczessny kos merte tva san arteta song zorla theo giroud podol

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  18. EMIR

     /  August 9, 2012

    SONG GOING NOWERE……….EVERYBODY WANT HIM @ ARSENAL WITH D ARRIVAL OF SANTI……………………………………………………..SONG DONT DO LIKE V.P OOOOOOO PLLLLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  19. @larzz tha’ts twelve players u got good post we’ll know how things shape up come 18th COYG!!!!!!! Guys please i need readers comments to boost my blog tanx

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  20. Muoe cesc

     /  August 9, 2012

    Warmly wellcome.Very very congradulation you as a real gunner.I hope you to play the best and can help for gunner.Do you love gunner?

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  21. i agree with you Emir we cant afort to loose song he is our best defending midfielder

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  22. van is heading nowhere cuz he has started seeing what he wants arsenal to do,if he leaves,den it means dat his words are never to be beleived.

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  23. Deshola

     /  August 9, 2012

    great post here but u want spoil it when you chip in Van persie saga…please let us forget about him. What ever that happen to him, i believe arsenal fc wil be major beneficiary of the two parties…we can’t allow any player claiming is bigger than the club… Fabregas and Nasir cost arsenal so much last seaon.so the club can’t afford the same thing repeating itself this season. we are very prepare now for the new season. So this is Cazorla time, let him, club and the fans enjoy it. We can’t trade the good atmosphere around our great club with someone that we can’t really understand what he wants( more money, medals, etc)

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  24. Great post! As a fellow Arsenal fan I really think, for once in a while, have had a decent summer transfer window to enjoy and next season looks like a bright prospect. I agree we do need some defensive cover though, wouldn’t say no to some experienced fullback cover and a tackler in front of the back four! Although to be a bit pessimistic, we might just a bit of time for this new symphony really start blaring out to the football world!!

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  25. shogbesan ola

     /  August 9, 2012

    Gunners going d rite way. But we need to keep song more than we need van persie

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  26. yvenstiamou

     /  August 9, 2012

    A nice read. Well written. Although, I don’t quite agree with “Coquelin not quite being ready”. Have a read of this if you can: http://uncensoredsportsreality.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/jack-wilshere-a-managers-headache/

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  27. I can’t believe I’ve only just read this. Sorry mate! It’s a lovely piece and I really enjoyed it. I love the new site design as well.

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