Alan Smith reacts on Twitter to Santi Cazorla's performance v Chelsea

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The former forward believes the Spaniard is not suited to his current role, following the 2-0 loss to Chelsea.

Writing on Twitter, former Arsenal forward Alan Smith has questioned Arsenal’s use of midfielder Santi Cazorla.

The midfielder endured a difficult afternoon for the Gunners on Saturday as he saw himself sent off in the 2-0 loss to fierce rivals Chelsea.

He had started the game in a central midfield role alongside defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, a position manager Arsene Wenger moved him into last season to great effect.

Smith has questioned that use of the midfielder on Twitter, however, saying his creative instincts do not suit that role on a consistent basis.

Will Arsenal move Cazorla further forward?

While most would agree Cazorla should be used in a more forward position, the question for Wenger is who he removes from the side to replace him.

The Gunners have a number of attacking midfielders on their books and all of them want to play in that central role. Mesut Ozil is arguably chief among them, meaning that central role is usually his. But what has he brought to Arsenal lately?

Aaron Ramsey has been playing on the right, a position he himself admits he does not want to be playing in long term, while Alexis Sanchez has taken up a role on the left wing.

With Ozil a key man in the Arsenal side, it is unlikely Cazorla will take that role from the German, while he is also less effective on either wing, meaning his role in central midfield is likely to continue despite Smith’s questioning.

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