97% passes completed, four chances created - Santi Cazorla shines, or does he?

Cazorla Corner

Santi Cazorla shone statistically against Everton, but does that tell the whole story?

Arsenal were well beaten at the weekend by Everton, with Santi Cazorla putting in a skewed performance.

Arsenal needed a big display at the weekend, and frustratingly for fans of the Gunners they did not get one.

Among the senior players who failed to make a positive difference was Santi Cazorla, but his stats for the game make interesting reading.

PlayerTeamPosPassing Accuracy %Key Passes
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 97.26 4

Cazorla, who starred for all 90 minutes, put in his best passing display of the season, completing 97 per cent of his efforts.

His previous best came in the win against Fulham on the second week of the campaign when he completed 93 per cent of his passes.

Cazorla's four key passes was a figure he has only topped three times, home and away against Fulham (6 and 5) and against West Ham (6).

Yet despite Cazorla's statistically impressive passing display against Everton, the loss emphasised why football is about more than just figures alone.

Particulary in the first half, the Spaniard's failure to cover Bacary Sagna at right-back left the Arsenal defender exposed and bearing the brunt of Leighton Baines' attacking threat.

It was from attacks down the Arsenal's right-hand side which led to Everton's first and third goals. Cazorla, while not culpable, contributed nothing defensively to attempt to stop either.

The Spaniard is a player who will need to up his all round game if he is to help Arsenal's midfield, as a unit, in key away games.

Otherwise all the neat and fancy passing will, like Sunday, count for nothing.

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