Cazorla has admitted that he’s felt under pressure ever since he agreed to join the Gunners from Malaga, which weighed down on him from the very first moment he stepped out for his new club.
We’re talking about professional sportsman so pressure shouldn’t really be an obstacle to them joining the club, but it’s younger targets Arsenal may want to go after who could be put off from potential moves.
“When you’re new and have arrived at such a big club like Arsenal, you’re aware of your responsibility to bring good performances onto the pitch,” he told Arsenal player.
Younger players are more vulnerable because they don’t have as much experience which makes it more difficult for them to adjust.
Any young player will look at Cazorla’s comments and could easily be put off from a move to Arsenal, preferring a move to another club where there is less pressure and where they can settle in over being thrown in at the deep end.
Arsenal is a massive club and the success of the recent past demands that any new player joining Arsene Wenger’s team needs to perform well from the second they walk in through the front door.
Arsenal supporters are a very fair bunch who will criticise when it’s warranted and praise certain individuals when they deserve it.
In a way the supporters only add to the pressure because there is a definite craving for some sort of silverware at Arsenal, which will banish the 2005 memory of the FA Cup as being the last time the club won anything.
The financial aspect that Cazorla talks about is also significant because football is at a stage where more money is being spent on players than ever before.
Arsenal, just like their rivals, have money in the bank and the more cash they spend on a target, the more instant an effect they will want from that signing to justify the investment which has been made.
“I promised myself I would make sure I did things well and, considering the money that Arsenal spent on me, I didn’t want to let anyone down,” he added.
We’re just talking about younger and more vulnerable players here because it’s stupid to think that some of the more established players that Arsenal have been linked with would be scared off by a little bit of pressure.
Fortunately Arsene Wenger seems to know the right time to pile the pressure onto his key signings and the sort of players he needs to protect.
Do you see the pressure at Arsenal as a problem or something positive?
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