Two assists, seven crosses, seven dribbles: Arsenal's Santi Cazorla looks back to his best

Cazorla Corner

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla put in his best performance of the season in Wednesday night's 2-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.

Yaya Sanogo netted his first competitive goal for Arsenal on Wednesday night, as the Gunners defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stage.

The Frenchman opened the scoring within the first two minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with Alexis Sanchez grabbing the second just before the hour to seal all three points against the Group D-toppers.

The most impressive performer on the night was not one of the two goalscorers, however, but midfielder Santi Cazorla, who provided both assists to cap a man of the match-calibre outing.

  AssistsTotal Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesCrossing AccuracyDuels WonDuel SuccessTotal DribblesDribble SuccessTouchesMins Played
Santiago Cazorla 2 3 56 88% 7 14% 9 42.86% 7 62.5% 89 90

The diminutive Spaniard was in and out of the Arsenal line-up at the start of the season, having struggled to find his form, but his showing on the night was without doubt his best so far this term.

Looking sharp in the opening stages, he continued to improve in a central role as the match wore on, and was involved in most of the Gunners’ attacks to give the Dortmund defence all kinds of trouble.

The 69-times capped international was quick to deflect credit to Sanogo and Sanchez at the final whistle, however, telling www.arsenal.com: "Sanogo played very well today and had a good combination with me. The most important thing was that he scored it and that’s very, very important for the team.

"Alexis is very important for us, too. He is in good form for the team and I hope he continues to play the same. He’s a very important player for us."

It remains to be seen whether Cazorla is indeed back to his best, but it would no doubt he a huge boost to Arsene Wenger’s side if he could rediscover the form he showed during his first season in north London, following a £16 million move from Malaga in August 2012.

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