If there is anything that scares Arsenal fans about their players being in top form, it is the immediate possibility that someone would come in with a big cheque and take them away.
Not that Cazorla is a 25-year old hot new star looking to kick his career on to the next level or that he will cause a monumental improvement in the way they already play but Xavi’s interest in wanting him at Barcelona is more a witness to the little magician’s immense abilities than a burning desire for him to replace Neymar.
Per Goal.com, the midfield expert was asked who he would like to sign for Barcelona, and he responded:
“Silva [and] Cazorla… there is some great current talent in Spanish football who I’d sign for Barcelona.”
Cazorla has been Xavi’s teammate since the Euros in 2008, the year the Spanish dominance began and despite not having same frequent relationship with him on club level, Xavi would have seen him shine at Villareal and Malaga before arriving at the Emirates, probably wishing his club had moved to acquire his services during those ‘peak’ years.
But even now into his thirties, Cazorla appears to be enjoying his football more than ever, reassuming the cloak of excitement that got gooners fantasizing in his first season at the Emirates. 12 goals that year with numerous assists saw him crowned as the Arsenal Player of the Year, while outshining other new arrivals to rivals Chelsea and United in that season.
The last League game against City has obviously played a part in Xavi’s declaration, a performance which put the usually more acclaimed David Silva in his shadows. Santi scored and created a goal, while putting in a majestic virtuoso showing that would have left Manuel Pellegrini wish he had him back in his team as during their Villareal and Malaga days. With fellow Spaniards Isco and Joaquin, Pellegrini’s team were dazzling and devastating, eventually qualifying for the Champions League in 2012 though Santi would join Arsenal at the end of the season. Perhaps the Chilean was wrong to have set up his defenders to focus on his country man Alexis, forgetting the extent of damage his former prodigy could wreck.
Perhaps if injuries had not threatened to wreck the Arsenal defence earlier in the season, neither Cazorla nor the other midfield machine on the day, Francis Coquelin, would have played as Mesut Ozil is regarded as the first choice playmaker. The availability of both will now pose a headache that every manager must love to have, although the pressure of wanting to prove he had not overpaid for the German will be on Wenger’s mind.
What are the odds on Ozil finally proving himself if Wenger plays him constantly in the central role, doing all the accompanying dirty work which he’s been berated for no doing, and Cazorla feeling out of place, subsequently opening the door for the Barcelona move? Will Arsenal fans want the club to cash in?
But then, will Ozil ever prove his worth?
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