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Arsenal: Arsene Wenger's midfield dilemma

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Can Cazorla & Wilshere form a partnership? (©GettyImages)
Can Cazorla & Wilshere form a partnership? (©GettyImages).

Santi Cazorla recently proclaimed that he is enjoying life in the Premier League. 

The long suffering Gunners faithful have taken to the Spaniard, who in his first season in the league, has wowed fans with his skills, athleticism and durability. 

His season consisted of a whooping 37 starts in the league, and even though nomination for PFA Team of the Year surprisingly eluded him he was the third most creative player with the second most assists in the league. 

His success and consistency throughout was one of the bright spots for the Gunners in another disappointing and trophy-less season. 

Initially he was deployed by Arsene Wenger through the centre, as the attacking head of the trio in the centre of midfield. But with Jack Wilshere's recovery, the Spaniard was pushed to the left of attack with Lukas Podolski dropping to the bench. 

This combination produced mixed results with Cazorla cutting into the centre, the play was narrowed and the opposition found it easy to cut off the Arsenal build up play.

Jack Wilshere has high hopes resting on his young shoulders. His return from a long and frustrating injury, and the performances he came up with raised the bar of expectations higher, not only for Arsenal fans but English fans as a whole. 

When fit and running at defenders he is truly a gifted sportsman but with Wenger deploying him as the attacking fulcrum his performances though bright, haven't had the same output as Cazorla's has in terms of goals and assists. 

This is one area of the game the Englishman will be looking to improve come next season, when he is hopefully fit from the start of the season. 

Until that happens he can play the box to box midfield role that would fit his current strengths - abounding in energy and enterprise, and loads of commitment. He can partner the excellent Mikel Arteta who can continue in his role as the midfield anchorman.

With Arteta and Wilshere, covering and Cazorla cavorting at the top it should be a formidable centre of midfield. Dropping to the bench would be the recently reinvigorated Aaron Ramsey, who has shown he has a place in the squad in the centre but is definitely behind these three in the pecking order.

On the bench would be the frequently injured Abou Diaby as well, when he comes back from his recent injury.

His latest injury setback may finally convince Wenger that his fellow Frenchman may not be up for the rough and tumble of the Premier league.

All of these permutations and combinations will however be thrown out of the window if Wenger buys top, top quality in midfield - with the likes of Marouane Fellaini's name the first to be linked to the Emirates.

 

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Jack Wilshere
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