Even though striker Olivier Giroud has been scoring a lot of goals for Arsenal this season, it has been largely due to the strength of the midfielder that the club has been able to maintain their position at the top throughout this campaign. The likes of Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, and Tomas Rosicky may all play in the centre of the park, but the fact that they interchange so well makes them formidable. This is the opinion of Cazorla, who was signed from Malaga for just over £ 10 million. There has been a clear shift in the Arsenal consistency stakes.
Unlike in the past, they are not playing with traditional wingers, as the likes of Cazorla and Rosicky have played these positions. Even though it is not natural for them, they have managed to combine well due to the quality of the players surrounding them. The 29-year-old Spaniard has three goals in 16 matches in the league, but he has largely been used as a winger. Aaron Ramsey has been their best player in midfield when it comes to goals, as he has 8 in the league. Arsenal were not expected to sustain their title challenge beyond Christmas, but they have been remarkably consistent this season.
“Ultimately it’s easy to connect with guys like Wilshere, Rosicky, Mesut and all the players who play in the centre of the park. Plus I think that our style of play is ideal for me, Rosicky and Mesut as we’re players who enjoy linking up in tight spaces. We’re all different [though]. For example, Jack is a very strong player who grabs the team by the scruff of the neck, which is impressive for a player of his age,” said Cazorla.
This is the first season in Arsenal decided to spend big on an established player .