Santi Cazorla enjoying central midfield role with Arsenal

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The midfielder says that his role is to ensure that the attacking players stay fresh in the game.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says he is enjoying his new central midfield role in the side.

The Spaniard was moved inside last season by manager Arsene Wenger, and has continued in that position ever since.

It has been a move that has proved highly successful, with him forming an impressive partnership alongside defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin.

The position is a new one for Cazorla, having spent the vast majority of his career further forward, but he is thoroughly enjoying it as he has produced what has arguably been his best form for the Gunners.

“The boss changed my position last season to play me more centrally,” he told arsenal.com.

“It’s a position I really like, though of course it means I’m further away from the opposing area so I have fewer chances to score. I’m finding my best form and I’m really enjoying the new position.”

The move into central midfield has also necessitated a change of mentality from Cazorla, who has now had to become more defensively aware than he was previously.

Many had anticipated that the defensive side of his game was not strong enough for him to play in the role long term, with his diminutive stature being one of the reasons he was expected to fail.

Instead he has flourished, topping charts for a number of defensive statistic, and he says his job is to ensure that the attacking players in front of him can stay fresh.

“You have different responsibilities,” he added.

“In terms of defence, you have to defend more and you have to help the team more in terms of making sure you’re well-positioned to ensure the players in attack can stay fresh.”

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