Arsenal ace Santi Cazorla was very subdued in defeat to West Brom

Arsenal lost 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla was very subdued on Saturday as he struggled during in his side’s 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

The Spain international has experienced mixed fortunes over the past two weeks, starting with an alleged illness which seriously hampered his performance in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Cazorla then went away with the national team and scored during Spain’s 2-0 win over England, but his return to domestic football didn’t exactly go as planned as he struggled against the Baggies.

  Goal AssistOntarget Scoring AttTotal Att AssistWon ContestTouchesAccurate PassDispossessedMins Played
Santiago Cazorla 0 0 1 3 141 112 2 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Cazorla was heavily involved at The Hawthorns but whatever he tried seemingly didn’t manage to come off – very reminiscent of his team’s display overall.

The former Malaga man took a whopping 141 touches and made 112 accurate passes as the visitors dominated possession, but he simply couldn’t find a way to break West Brom down.

Arsenal actually took a first-half lead through Olivier Giroud, however West Brom turned the tables on the Gunners with two goals in the space of five minutes to hand them a 2-1 lead at the interval.

The second period was a case of attack versus defence, though there just was no way through despite Cazorla’s best efforts to instigate a number of attacks in his usual deep-lying playmaker role.

The Spaniard had the best opportunity to draw his side level, yet his slip and subsequent penalty miss ultimately summed up his and Arsenal’s afternoon as it ended in frustration.

Cazorla managed just one key pass and three take-ons while being dispossessed on two occasions.

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