Santi Cazorla slammed by former Arsenal star

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has received criticism from  Gunners legend Charlie Nicholas for his poor form this season.

The 29-year-old has made nearly 40 appearances for the North Londoners this term but has only registered four goals in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger's side's title challenge has faltered in recent weeks and they need an astonishing turnaround to catch up with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

An FA Cup semi-final later today against Wigan Athletic has been a bright spot for Arsenal and ahead of the Wembley tie, Charlie Nicholas insists that the Spaniard needs to step up.

“The team’s had bad injuries but some of these players who are just playing just now have not turned up to any of the big games," said Nicholas in an interview with SkySportsNews.

“I’m probably going to upset some Arsenal fans with certain names. Cazorla’s been an eye-catcher but he’s not he’s simply not good enough for Arsenal.

“He’s got magical feet, he’s got the talent to play at Arsenal but he doesn’t turn up in the big games. It’s up to the players to show fight.

“Who gets stick? Mesut Özil, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere…never, ever him [Cazorla].

“I expect more from him because he’s talented.”

52-year-old Nicholas made 184 league appearances, scoring 54 goals as a striker for the club between 1983 and 1987.

Cazorla moved to the Emirates Stadium back in 2012 from La Liga club Villarreal and has featured 86 times in total. 

The two-time European Championship winner has never picked up a medal at Arsenal but that could change in the FA Cup this year as they remain heavy favourites to win their first silverware since 2005.

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