Cazorla vs Herrera: One Spaniard utterly dominant in seven key categories

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How do Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Manchester United’s Ander Herrera compare?

Arsenal travel to Manchester United on Sunday in an interesting encounter which will see Spanish midfielders Santi Cazorla and Ander Herrara face-off.

Herrera joined United last summer after much speculation in a number of tabloids across Europe, trading Basque outfit Athletic Bilbao in a big-money deal.

He has experienced an up and down debut campaign in the Premier League, impressing when selected but initially struggling to hold down a regular first-team spot.

Cazorla, in contrast, has been outstanding for the Gunners and his role in a new deeper position alongside defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has prompted high praise from a number of observers.

  GoalsAssistsChances Created per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameDefesnive Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Santiago Cazorla 7 9 2.12 82.29 53.18 5.79 6.68 34
Ander Herrera 5 4 1 73.08 52.67 5.63 4.88 24

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Malaga ace has arguably experienced the best campaign of his career and can be shown in comparison with United’s Herrera.

Cazorla, impressively, dominates his fellow compatriot in as many as seven key areas including goals, assists and chances created via key passes.

Moreover, the 30-year-old former attacking midfielder has contributed well from a defensive perspective, averaging 5.79 defensive duel winners and 6.68 ball recoveries per Premier League encounter.

He recently told Spanish paper Marca that his change of position allows him to gain more control of the ball, express himself further and dictate play from deep.

In the absence of the previously injured Jack Wilshere, it has certainly been a shrewd decision by boss Arsene Wenger to partner him alongside Coquelin and one which clearly reaped its rewards.

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