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.