Heartbreaking picture of Arsenal's Santi Cazorla after Carabao Cup final goes viral

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Serious questions must be asked of some of Arsenal's players following Sunday's embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

Starting from the back, Shkodran Mustafi wasn't nearly strong enough as he allowed Sergio Aguero to burst through on goal for City's opener.

His partners at centre-back, Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers, didn't cover themselves in glory either with some woeful performances.

In midfield, Granit Xhaka looked lost and gave away possession on too many occasions to count, while Aaron Ramsey completed less passes than goalkeeper David Ospina.

And going forward, Mesut Ozil went missing (again) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang squandered a golden opportunity to put his side ahead in the eighth minute.

Wholesale change is needed in Arsenal's squad and Arsene Wenger - should he even stay on as manager this summer - needs to be ruthless.

A new defence and midfield must be top priority. Koscielny is past his best and Xhaka just seems to be getting worse with every passing week.

Not since the days of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva have the Gunners had an out-and-out midfield enforcer, which has seriously hindered them in recent years.

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Things might have been different on Sunday had Santi Cazorla been available, though.

Cazorla is far from the ideal defensive midfielder - he's only 5' 6" tall - yet a couple of seasons ago he was dominant in the middle of the park for Arsenal.

His low centre of gravity and quick feet meant he was able to dispossess opposition players and then play his way out of danger. He was perfect for Wenger.

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But the Spaniard hasn't played for Arsenal since October 2016 and it's safe to say Arsenal fans really miss him.

Cazorla was present at Sunday's final and now a heartbreaking picture is going viral of him standing on his own in the middle of the Wembley pitch.

The sad story behind the photo (see below) is that it was taken after the game, when Arsenal's players had all walked off and Cazorla was left all by himself wishing he could play.


How awful. Cazorla is aiming for a return to football in 2019, but Wenger recently admitted the situation is 'complicated' where another one-year contract is concerned.

"We have to assess that until the end of the season," said the Frenchman. "If Santi is fit and available to play, then yes. Of course, we have to see that."

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