Santi Cazorla and Arsenal give fans reason for optimism

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Santi Cazorla's second goal - a cheeky Panenka penalty - sealed a convincing 4-1 win for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday on what was his 30th birthday, easing the pressure on his manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal went into the game with inconsistent form in the Premier League, a week on from the 3-2 loss at Stoke. However it was also on the back of a 4-1 win over Galatasaray in Istanbul in midweek in the Champions League.

The team started brightly but could only go in to half time 1-0 up thanks to an Olivier Giroud header. They came out brightly in the second half and quickly eased in to a 3-0 lead with two goals in four minutes one a piece from Cazorla and Giroud.

Strong performance

They conceded a goal from a set piece on the 63rd minute, however it was Cazorla's second of the night that caught the attention of most fans in a mainly positive way, when he chipped a cheeky ball forward from the penalty spot scoring a 'Panenka' as it is known and making it 4-1 to Arsenal.

Despite the ease of finishing from Cazorla, a couple of people refused to praise him and branded him as disrespectful towards the young Newcastle third choice Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.

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Ex-Chelsea 'keeper Carlo Cudicini posted a rather sarcastic comment towards Cazorla stating he was 'not impressed' with the penalty and pundit Richard Keys stated that the Spaniard showed a 'total lack of respect' for the goalkeeper.


But their criticism is of no importance to Arsenal or to Cazorla because the most important thing was that they claimed three points in a convincing and solid performance and gave their fans and their manager something to smile about before the Christmas period.

This performance from on Saturday provides the fans with some hope that, if form remains consistent and the team remain solid all round, with fewer injuries, then Arsenal can surely challenge for trophies.

The Premier League may be a little far away because of the points difference, but the team can take heart from their fight and determination last season and possibly go on to claim second, third or fourth place and also to possibly win the FA Cup for a second season in a row.  

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