The Spaniard was one of the club’s best players in the 2-1 win against the Eagles and Murphy has suggested that he made things tick and made things happen when he featured in a central role.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has sometimes found himself forced to use players who are stronger centrally in wider roles, but hopefully those days are now over.
“They did look a bit more balanced, with Cazorla in the middle, he made them play. He gave them much more rhythm and fluidity having him centrally,” he told talkSPORT.
Arsenal’s key strength
Arsenal’s key strength is the talent they have through the centre of their midfield, which allows them to control possession in games and create chances when they’re on the front foot and building pressure.
Cazorla is a key part of that process and someone who has been very consistent for the club over the last few seasons.
The arrival of Alexis Sanchez, who can play down the left, and the options of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, both options on the right, means that Wenger no longer has to consistently use players like Cazorla out of position.
If the Gunners are going to drive on this year and achieve some success then players like the Spaniard have to be used in their best natural positions.