Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Santi Cazorla is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League and that he deserves more recognition from his fellow professionals.
Cazorla who joined the Gunners from Malaga in the summer has become an integral part of Arsenal’s attacking machine and has netted 12 times in his 47 appearances this term; form which Wenger believes should have been good enough to prompt selection for the PFA team of the season. “I think he is a bit of an underrated player in the Premier League,” Wenger told football betting news reporters.
“When you think he was not in the [PFA] team of the season picked by the players, it's quite harsh. Personally I would have put him in there.
Cazorla has been outstanding this season and regardless of whether or not he made the PFA team of the year he would certainly walk in to most Premier League starting line-ups. He is certainly popular among Arsenal fans who bet on premier league games.
As Wenger is keen to point out, it is not just his goals that are of value to Arsenal but also his work rate around the field and his vision which has seen him credited with 16 assists this term, including all four against Wigan on Tuesday night. “When you look at his quality, that is, of course, outstanding, but also his attitude and work rate for the team,” the Frenchman said. “He's one of the players who has been absolutely outstanding this season.”
Arsenal travel to Newcastle United on Sunday for their final game of the season knowing that their Champions League fate is in their own hands. The Magpies have little to play for after securing Premier League survival but Alan Pardew’s men certainly won’t make it easy for the Gunners. If Santi Cazorla continues to perform as well as he has been, however, then Newcastle will struggle to cope with him and Arsenal should come home from the North East with a comfortable three points.