Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla: We deserve criticism but want revenge

The Spanish midfielder has admitted that the side deserved to be criticised following defeat to Monaco but want to win against Everton.

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes hang in the balance after a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in midweek.

The Gunners will look to make amends today as they take on Everton in the Premier League, with a place in the top four this season in their sights.

Santi Cazorla has spoken out about the defeat to the French side on Wednesday night and admitted that Arsene Wenger’s men are keen to put the record straight by getting three much-needed points against the Toffees today.

“The good thing about football is that we always have the chance for revenge really quickly," the Spaniard told

“I think we deserved the criticism for what happened with Monaco but we have the opportunity to take revenge against Everton.”

The talented playmaker admitted that Roberto Martinez’s men would be difficult opponents but that recording victory was essential for the North London side.

“It’s going to be a tough game but it’s a good opportunity to change the dynamics a little bit and obviously focus on the table,” he continued.

“It’s a very important game because we are fighting for Champions League [football].”

Cazorla has been one of Arsenal’s standout players since the turn of the year and has been singled out for praise in the press - something that he is grateful for.

“I am very thankful for the plaudits and for the compliments especially for those that come from people at the club, from Arsenal. It’s a good way of motivating me obviously.”

Cazorla has been linked with a move back to Spain of late, with Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in the ex-Malaga man.

However, if Arsenal are to move on to the next level, the gifted playmaker will surely be a key man for Wenger’s side.

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