Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Arsenal can't win the Premier League title with Spanish ace Santi Cazorla plying his trade in the middle of the park.
Speaking on Sky Sports last night, as relayed by squawka, Neville has insisted that Cazorla is a 'fantastic' player, but will never be able to fire the Gunners to league success from the central position.
Neville has, however, admitted that he can't quite put his finger on it as to why Cazorla isn't the right man to deliver the goods for Arsenal in the middle of the park.
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Speaking on Monday Night Football, the Sky Sports pundit stated: “Watching Arsenal and watching the centre of midfield, you talk about Cazorla and he’s a fantastic player. He almost feels like he’s candidate for Man of the Match every time he plays.
“He always wants the ball, he always does stuff on the ball and you think ‘that’s brilliant’ but the burning question comes back every time I think of him. Every time I’ve got this niggling thing in the back of my mind, can they win the league with him as a central midfield player?
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“And I don’t know why but my answer is always no. As much as I like him, as much as I think he’s a great football player and I love watching him I still have that thing.”
Harsh but he has a point
To an extent, you have to agree with Neville. Let's not get away from the fact that Santi Cazorla is one of the most technically gifted players in England's elite division. He really is a joy to watch, and this is something that Neville has rightly pointed out.
But, perhaps, when looking at Cazorla as a central-midfield player, Neville is right. Of course, Cazorla was excellent in Arsenal's 2-0 victory at the Etihad last season, but often he has struggled to really prove his credentials against the very best players from the middle of the park. Is he really good enough defensively to dominate the midfield?
In truth, if Arsene Wenger's side are serious about overhauling Chelsea at the summit of the table this term, they may still need a couple of additions in an attempt to find the perfect balance.
Arsenal fans: Do you agree with Neville? Have your say below!