Spain international Cazorla has become an integral part of the Arsenal side, sitting in a deep central position alongside Francis Coquelin and providing the link between defence and attack.
He is central to all of the Gunners’ initial attacks from deep, instigating the play and Saturday’s opponents Watford didn’t know how to handle him as he racked up the passes at Vicarage Road.
|Team||Accurate Passes||Mins Played|
|Manuel Lanzini||West Ham||84||90|
|Morgan Schneiderlin||Man Utd||69||90|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Cazorla produced an unrivalled 93 accurate passes as his side ran out 3-0 winners in an entertaining clash with Watford.
Cazorla is arguably the only player available to carry out such precision in Arsenal’s ranks, making his inclusion in the starting line-up all the more important in spite of the heavy competition.
Behind the former Malaga man as the second best passer at the weekend was West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini - a surprise contributor considering he spent much of the game in a wider positon.
The 22-year-old Argentine has been an excellent addition for the Hammers and he was instrumental during his side’s win over Crystal Palace, scoring the winner with only a few minutes remaining.
West Ham have struck a frightening balance between progressive possession football and quick counter-attacks, contrasting styles which takes plenty of work on the training round to master.
Lanzini is clearly adept and intelligent with the ball at his feet, with his 84 accurate passes much higher than the Premier League’s next best tally recorded by Morgan Schneiderlin.