Cazorla happy to dig in for team

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Santi Cazorla has no problems pulling his sleeves up to help his teammates defend recognising that clean sheets will be the bedrock of Arsenal’s title-challenge.

Citing his performance in the recent one-nil win against Newcastle the Spaniard, who got an absolute earful from Per Mertesacker for conceding possession in the build-up to Aston Villa’s goal on Monday night, made clear he’s happy to sacrifice his attacking instincts for the good of the team.

“Sometimes you have to pull your sleeves up on the pitch and put in the hard work, particularly the players who play further forward,” he told Arsenal Player.

“I remember the game against Newcastle at their place when [Tomas] Rosicky and I were practically playing out on the wings because that’s what was needed.

“Sometimes you have to make sacrifices that you’re not used to, but that’s what you have to do if you want to get results. I’ve become used to it now as it’s the best way to help the team – and that is what counts.

“I believe that defence is the fundamental basis of any successful side. If this team must base itself on something, it’s keeping clean sheets because when we do I think it means we guarantee the win in every game.

“The team is strong going forward and creates a lot of opportunities in every game. If you concede, you’ve got more ground to make up so it’s important that we keep as many clean sheets as possible.”

Dare we rename him ‘Sacrifizorla’? Nah, you’re right…that’s a shit.

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dexterthebear
dexterthebear

The difference between cazorla and arshavin right there

Goontang
Goontang

Definitely agree, if arshavin had the same attitude, he could of been anything.

But as much stick as Arshavin gets, i think his signing was well worth it in the end. If we didn’t sign him in January 09, we would not have made the top four. That in itself, made it worth it, and the moments that you cant help but look back on and smile when you see that little russian in our shirt. Liverpool/Barca. But most of all i think the pat on the head Wenger gave him after his UTD screamer is one of my favs.

If we can bring in another January signing who has a similar impact this window, I think this season will be one we all remember for a very long time lads!!

BombayGunner
BombayGunner

Couldn’t agree more. He was the reason we finished in the top 4 that year.

And that effortless goal strike against Barca.

Sure it work out in the end.
But for 15 Million Pounds, we kinda got our Money’s worth. Kinda.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

If there’s anything harder than my Penis right now it’s dispossesing an in form Cazorla….

Manchester Gooner
Manchester Gooner

Certainly it’s not as hard as any knife you can find in your kitchen. Doubt it? Go and have a try.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

What are you saying man?

Neil
Neil

I think he’s saying that associating sexual arousal with football happiness is…well….really bizarre

Tushar
Tushar

I just got fired because I laughed so hard after reading this that I spat out the hot coffee I was drinking – all over my boss’s expensive new suit.
Just kidding, I didn’t get fired, but that was well funny!

meletios
meletios

… like trying to dispossesing a hard kichen knife with his hard penis

SimSima
SimSima

49 people have no sense of humor or have some knee-jerk reaction to the word “penis”. I thought it was very funny!

XM
XM

Sainti Cazorla?

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

Santi already means saint my friend

Rochester
Rochester

Cazorla scores occasionally, the difference between Cazorla and your penis right there.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

Hahaha

like cazorla my penis too can play in the whole.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

*hole

Henners
Henners

Are you 10 years old Herold goon?

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

My heart says yes but not my knees….

Can't hold his ale
Can't hold his ale

In fairness, I’m sure there are some similarities. Like size.

AllGunsABlazin
AllGunsABlazin

I’d be scared if I had a 5ft6 penis

Ricardo
Ricardo

It all depends on your definition of score. Does your hand count?

totalgunner

Gnabry zelalem and co are so lucky to train and improve with such professionals.

indiangooner
indiangooner

Haah..!!
Santi is saying all this only because he is afraid of BFG.

goonster
goonster

Love Cazorla’s attitude. And he’s not just paying simple lip service, he walks the walk. Don’t think I can do much better than agree what the ever excellent Tim from 7amkickoff wrote here
http://www.7amkickoff.com/2014/blood-and-thunder-plus-arsenal-missed-arteta-and-ramsey/

m0nkeyman
m0nkeyman

Heroldgoon, you’re having a mare son, go take an early shower!

New guy
New guy

preferably a cold one

Arsenal4Life
Arsenal4Life

Santi was obviously our best player last season and I’m sure we would all be happy to see him hit top form ahead of this hectic schedule we got coming up.
Heroldgoon mate if you don’t have anything decent or interesting to say get lost, please.

Mooro
Mooro

I love that two footed marvel called Santi, but Lukas will start against Fulham on the left, and will go all Goalvingkerblitz on em.

You mark that word.

DöubleDöubleDöuble
DöubleDöubleDöuble

He’s small, but I think he’s more than 2′ tall.

hardy

i love his attitude
BTW anyone else feels sometimes santi tries too hard when ozil is on the pitch alongside him

we should rotate ozil with cazorla

poldi on the LW

i want to see ozil-poldi partnership flourish

Harsh
Harsh

I think having either one of rosicky and ozil on the pitch is absolutely essential because of their intelligence about the game.

Can't hold his ale
Can't hold his ale

Someone said in another thread that if we win the title against the finances of Man City and Chelsea it will be like David slaying TWO Goliaths, an achievement equal to the achievements of the Invincibles and we should commemorate it with a 60ft statue of Wenger.

I say resurrect Phidias and get him to work his chryselephatine magic on Wenger.

bluku bluku

Jb
Jb

Nw that hes beded well..

I.Y.Y. Fulatan

Santi is fantastic enough esp in no 8 support up up up sacrifizorla 2gather 4ward

Indonesian Gooner
Indonesian Gooner

More blunders like on Monday and Cazorla will be digging his hole even deeper

AllGunsABlazin
AllGunsABlazin

How many times have you actually seen Santi make a mistake like that though?

gammhunn
gammhunn

He’s struggled a bit since returning from injury, but I think he is steadily improving, just like Wilshere.

The screamer against AV was just a blip. I love to watch him play those little one-two’s with himself.

Here’s to Cazorla and Wilshere hitting top form just as we need them!

Mat
Mat

“Sometimes you have to pull your sleeves up on the pitch” – got to be better than ripping them off

AP
AP

Santi pulls his sleeve up when he scores. He’s slyly referring to scoring goals 😉

Salty
Salty

Santi Perzola!

La Defense
La Defense

Wilshere’s defensive contribution in the Villa game was horrific for a central midfielder. Too cool to do the dirty work nowadays; dirty work that he manfully did a couple of years ago. Scars of injury perhaps.

I know, I know… Criticizing the match winner and all. You’ll thank me later.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

Why would we possibly do that?

La Defense
La Defense

Umm, because it’s polite?

KingKolo
KingKolo

But what will we actually be thanking you for?

Perry S.
Perry S.

too much cock talk. moving on now…

SoqedHozi
SoqedHozi

Can’t wait till his form picks up and we see the magic feet of last year weaving through defences!

freshogunner

Wiz kiD santi cazorla

samba
samba

Yes Santi, you have also willing to play deep for defense, or Merte-will-sack-you-ker.

Anyway, please come back to your top form like last season. You are the Arsenal saint.

deji
deji

Merte-will-sack-you-ker? Really?
Is someone trying too hard?

deji
deji

Merte-will-sack-you-ker? Really?
Is someone trying too hard?