Redknapp: I have been disappointed by Santi Cazorla, but I am a big fan

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Jamie Redknapp admits to being disappointed with Santi Cazorla's season at Arsenal so far as a whole, but is hopeful he has turned a corner.

Santi Cazorla provided the assist for Danny Welbeck's winner against West Brom, only the Spaniard's second in the Premier League this season.

The 29-year-old's impact has been praised by pundit Jamie Redknapp, who said however that prior to the game at the Hawthorns he had been underwhelmed with his contribution.

He told The Mail: "This season I have been a bit disappointed by Santi Cazorla, but I’m a big fan of the little man.

"He has not played too often in 2014-15 but whenever he has, he hasn’t taken his chances. He’s been shunted around and has had to play second fiddle to the sensational Alexis Sanchez.

"At West Brom his pass for Danny Welbeck’s goal was sublime and it looked like he was getting back to his best."

In defence of Cazorla, he is one of only three Arsenal players to deliver more than one Premier League assist this season.

  AssistsAppearancesMins Played
Santiago Cazorla 2 12 872
Alexis Sánchez 2 12 961
Danny Welbeck 2 10 876

Arsenal did shuffle around their formation in an attempt to accommodate Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud, and Cazorla did appear to benefit from a more central role. Alexis Sanchez's impact on the game waned compared to previously, and fitting them all in is going to be a puzzle for Arsene Wenger to put together.

With Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil eventually due to return too, it will only get tougher, and perhaps knowing competition for his spot is increasing will continue to have a positive effect on Cazorla.

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