Is this Cazorla's motive for leaving Arsenal? - Why he can't be blamed

Santi Cazorla Spain

Santi Cazorla has a clear motive for potentially leave Arsenal after the World Cup.

Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has hinted that he’ll look at his situation with the Gunners after the World Cup before making a decision on his future.

Cazorla seemed settled in North London and the links with a possible switch to Atletico Madrid will surprise plenty of fans, although there is an obvious motive behind his potential decision to leave.

It relates to the number ten role, which is currently filled by German midfielder Mesut Ozil who arrived in that big money deal from Real Madrid last summer.

Cazorla was restricted to just four appearances in his favoured number ten role in the Premier League and Champions League, with Wenger using him down the left and right on 30 different occasions.

In a respect, the Frenchman had no choice because to fit both him and Ozil into the same team, one of them was going to have to sacrifice a central position.

Therefore, should Cazorla decide to head back to Spain this summer, he can’t be blamed for doing it based on professional reasons.

He’s never attacked the club or Wenger in any way and should he move, he’s likely to stress that his reason for doing so is to play more in his best position.

His stats in a variety of midfield roles last season were positive and that’s a tribute to his professionalism that he can knuckle down and perform when he’s out of his comfort zone but it’s only natural for him to want to play in his best role.

  ClubPosGoal AssistGoalsAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 9 5 26 2,149
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 8 4 31 2,597
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 8 16 36 3,081
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 8 10 23 1,764
Theo Walcott Arsenal MF 4 5 13 858

The reason Arsenal didn’t re-sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona is because they already had Mesut Ozil in the number ten role, with Wenger unable to offer Fabregas regular football in his favoured position.

That hints that the midfield system Wenger is planning to use is similar to the one he deployed throughout last season, with Cazorla likely to have to accept playing out of position to get game time.

An alternative, which would have allowed Cazorla to play in a central role, would have been for Wenger to drop him slightly deeper behind Ozil.

However, with Aaron Ramsey’s effectiveness in the middle of the team last season, Wenger would need a bang to the head to see the logic in changing that position when there’s no reason to fix it.

Four appearances in what you consider your best position would be difficult for any top player to accept.

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