Could Santi Cazorla's injury be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal?


When Arsenal trudged off the Carrow Road pitch after drawing 1-1 with Norwich, dropping two points were the last of the Gunners' worries.

Trio Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla and talisman Alexis Sanchez left the pitch with a variety of injuries, putting nine first-team players on the treatment table and leading to the question, will Arsene Wenger spend in January?

However, with the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in their 3-1 win against Sunderland, Wenger will be in less of a rush to invest in the side.


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Sanchez's time on the sideline will be a worry for Wenger, but could Cazorla's knee ligament damage, in fact, improve the Arsenal midfield?

Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey's time in an Arsenal shirt has been similar to a phoenix rising from the ashes. After a near career-ending leg-break courtesy of Ryan Shawcross, the Welshman has recovered exceptionally, becoming a pivotal part of Wenger's side.

However, in the 2015-16 season, the 24-year-old has predominantly been deployed on the right-hand side of the Arsenal midfield, largely due to his ability to track back against opposing full-backs and late runs into the area.

In spite of his work from the right, few would argue that Ramsey's best position is playing in the centre of midfield, where he managed to score 16 goals from in the 2013-14 season. Arsenal's number 16 backed up that belief against Sunderland last weekend, scoring and assisting for Wenger's men.

Despite Cazorla's dribbling and passing ability in the centre, with the Spaniard out, there's only one man to take up the mantle.

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Ramsey vs Cazorla

The primary reason Ramey will offer more than Cazorla in the centre in his stamina and energy. The Welshman has racked up more sprints than any other player in the Premier League.

His stamina and stature will be important while defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin is injured, Ramsey's box-to-box mentality will be more supportive than Cazorla, despite his improvement in the defensive side of his game.

Out and out wingers

With Ramsey in the centre, Wenger will be able to deploy the likes of Chamberlain, Walcott and Campbell on the wings. This addition of pace on both sides of the Gunners' frontline will support Olivier Giroud's hold up play and heading ability more so than Ramsey did on the right-hand side.


Form of Ozil

Mesut Ozil has now assisted 12 goals in his last 13 Premier League games for the Gunners. With Ramsey's ability to make late runs that defenders struggle to track, the German's superb form will surely see Ramsey back to scoring ways.

If the Welshman can rediscover his form of 2013-14 and remain free from injury, Ramsey may have a hand in the Premier League coming to the Emirates Stadium for the first time.

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