Arsene Wenger explains Santi Cazorla's changing role for Arsenal

Santi Cazorla

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has commented on Santi Cazorla's deeper role for the club.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the club's official website about Santi Cazorla's changing role for the club.

During the second half of last season the Spaniard began featuring in a deeper central midfield role regularly alongside Francis Coquelin, and did so again at the weekend in a 2-1 away win over Crystal Palace.

Previously Cazorla had played mostly on the left side of midfield, limiting Lukas Podolski's role. It seems Arsene Wenger is a big fan of the 30-year-old playing centrally, arguing he is no longer as effective out wide, and can influence games more in his new position.

He told Arsenal.com: Cazorla is important [at] the start of the game when the ball comes from our defenders, because he can pass from deep midfield to high midfield better than everybody and get out of pressure.

"That’s why I positioned him more central. He is not any more a player on the flanks who can overlap and cross the ball.

  MatchTouchesPassing AccuracyChances CreatedMins Played
Santiago Cazorla C. Palace vs Arsenal 95 91% 4 90

Cazorla was effective at Selhurst Park, his passing as accurate as ever, providing four goalscoring opportunities along the way.

It sounds from Wenger's comments that his time in the centre is set to continue - but this is not without it's drawbacks.

Aaron Ramsey was shoehorned into a role on the right as a result, where he is nowhere near as effective, while it also limits chances for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere when fit.

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