International breaks are often a curse for most Premier League clubs, yet so far, this weekend is shaping up quite nicely for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side.
Manchester City have suffered key injuries to star players Sergio Aguero and David Silva, whereas Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla both got on the scoresheet.
The latter was a somewhat surprise inclusion in the Spanish starting XI, getting the nod in the absence of injured duo Koke and Andres Iniesta ahead of the likes of Isco and Thiago Alcantara.
However, his involvement was justified as he performed exceptionally well against minnows Luxembourg, scoring twice and earning the man of the match award in the process.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Cazorla was instrumental in attack as he took 111 touches, fired in six shots and created three chances via key passes for his teammates.
Yet, the most pleasing aspect from Arsenal’s perspective is that Cazorla found the net on two occasions, his first-half opener being his first competitive goal for Spain since 2009.
While netting against Luxembourg may not have the same effect as scoring at a World Cup or European Championship, it’s still a boost in confidence and one which may benefit Arsenal.
The Gunners have scored 13 goals in their opening eight Premier League matches, yet only Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have managed to find the net.
In Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and, of course, Cazorla, the North Londoners are also a real threat from deep and Wenger will be keen for them to get among the goals this season.