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Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'6" / 146

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The injuries just keep on coming as another three players have been added to the Arsenal treatment room following the draw at Carrow Road. Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny will all be assessed over the coming days having picked up problems.
The loss of Sanchez to a pulled hamstring will fill the column inches and grab all the headlines but the [knee] injury suffered by Cazorla could be more damaging in my opinion. Of course, Aaron Ramsey is the player most likely to adopt the Cazorla holding role but he doesn’t have the ability, nor the tactical nous to be able to dictate the play and tempo like Ozil or the Spaniard. The Welshman is much better suited higher up the pitch where he can make those timely runs into the box. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott [once fit] need to hit the ground running if the Gunners hope to maintain their current title charge during a busy Festive fixture period. Nov 29 - 2:42 PM
Source: The Mirror

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Santi Cazorla missed a late penalty, Arsenal lost Francis Coquelin and it all resulted in a 2-1 loss at the Hawthorns.

It was a woeful day for Arsenal as all of the faults that they had seemed to put behind them for much of the season came back to haunt them. Their lack of quality depth in the holding midfield spot was revealed when Francis Coquelin went off early with a knee injury. That was punished further when Arsenal were weak down the middle on the Baggies' opener and then Arteta, subbing in for Cazorla, scored an own goal for West Brom that ended up being the winner for the home side. To make matters worse, with a chance to draw level, Santi Cazorla missed a penalty in the late going.
Nov 21 - 12:40 PM

Santi Cazorla got Spain's only goal in the first half against Luxembourg despite dominating play.

Spain can't be upset with enjoying a significant advantage in possession and a nine to zero advantage in shots on target in the first half but they will be upset at only being up 1-0. Cazorla scored in the 42nd minute to break the deadlock. Spain have lost David Silva and Alvaro Morata to injury in the first half but will be satisfied with a win under and circumstances as it will confirm their place in Euro2016.
Oct 9 - 3:49 PM

Santi Cazorla, who had only one year remaining on his current contract, has signed a new deal with the club committing his future.

Santi Cazorla was the subject of at least some transfer rumors over the summer because his Arsenal deal was set to expire at the end of this season. While the length of the new deal wasn't revealed in any of the initial press releases this new deal presumably ties Cazorla to the club for at least this season and the next. With Cazorla turning 31 in December it is reasonable that this season or next season would be his last as a consistent starter for the Gunners. Whether he stays on in more of an Arteta/Rosicky-type role after that or elects to step down a level to keep playing consistently remains to be seen.
Jul 31 - 10:51 AM

Santi Cazorla has seen his role continue to morph throughout the season but he has generally kept up his strong fantasy performances.

The Spanish creator has played in a wide role, a forward attacking midfield role and a deeper-lying midfield role depending on which of his colleagues were healthy and in form at any given time. What has been fairly consistent since about October is that Cazorla has been productive no matter the role. That productivity has been a little muted since Mesut Ozil's return but he still managed a double digit (Yahoo system) effort featuring a shot on target, two corners won and two passes intercepted.
Mar 6 - 4:46 PM

Santi Cazorla scored from the penalty spot and rebounded with a huge match after two consecutive poor matches.

In addition to his goal, Cazorla had a surprisingly strong defensive match paired with Francis Coquelin as part of a holding midfield duo. Cazorla won four tackles, intercepted three passes and blocked a shot which isn't exactly what we've come to expect from the Spaniard. It is worth monitoring whether he can keep up this level of all-around production because it would boost his value even more.
Feb 25 - 8:45 PM

There were lots of heroes with Arsenal winning 5-0 but Santi Cazorla was the biggest star with a goal and two assists.

It looked like Mesut Ozil was going to be the star with a beautiful flick to put Giroud in for Arsenal's first followed by a goal of his own. Santi Cazorla came on with an assist for Theo Walcott'Walcott' third, a penalty of his own and then an assist on Hector Bellerin's capper in stoppage time. It was as comprehensive a win as we've seen from Arsenal this season that featured goal-scoring returns from Ozil and Walcott.
Feb 1 - 10:27 AM

Santi Cazorla scored a goal, got an assist and worked the center of midfield to perfection as the architect of a 2-0 Arsenal upset of Manchester City at the Etihad.

Cazorla's penalty was well taken and his service into the box on Giroud's goal was also nice but neither will be the lasting impression that he left on this match. Arsenal soaked up City possession for the entire match and it was the wheelhouse of Cazorla and Rosicky that tracked back, received the ball and danced and passed their way out of the defensive end. It's rare to say that a midfielder controlled the game when his team lost the possession battle by such a wide margin but that's what Cazorla did.
Jan 18 - 12:58 PM

With a host of attacking players returning to health, Santi Cazorla may see his minutes diminished or his positioning on the field adjusted.

Arsenal have quickly gone from "injury crisis in the attack" to "overloaded with options" as Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, and Aaron Ramsey have all returned to health in January. These three return to a side that has seen Alexis Sanchez lock down a starting spot, Danny Welbeck arrive, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain play well as a deputy. Arsene Wenger will consider his surplus a good problem to have but fantasy managers will wonder if Santi Cazorla will give way to Ozil or be moved out of his favored central attacking/creating role. For a player who has been one of the better performing midfielders in most fantasy formats this season, this could signal a huge drop in value.
Jan 14 - 12:59 PM

Santi Cazorla squandered a glorious opportunity late in the first half against Southampton when he shot directly into Fraser Forster's gut.

The Spaniard had the entire goal to work with after the ball was reversed to him near the penalty spot. As in form as Cazorla has been, you'd have expected him to bury it for a 1-0 Arsenal lead but instead he rifled it straight at the goalkeeper who was only too happy to parry it away. Southampton was first to the rebound and cleared it to safety to preserve the first half clean sheet.
Jan 1 - 10:48 AM

Santi Cazorla continued his prolific fantasy season in Week 19 with a goal in Arsenal's 2-1 win over West Ham.

The diminutive Spaniard has been exceptional all season when it comes to "phantom points" but he has started adding goals and assists over the past six matches which has led to some fantastic performances. In Week 19 he kicked off the scoring with a goal from the penalty spot to highlight a 27-point effort that included three shots on target, three successful crosses and two corners won. The only question hanging over his recent excellence is what happens when Mesut Ozil returns to fitness? It's a nice problem for a manager to have in real life but it will make for some difficult fantasy decisions across all formats.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:24:00 AM

Santi Cazorla reversed the flow of play by drawing a penalty that saw Arsenal take a 1-0 lead on the way to a 2-1 win at Upton Park.

Arsenal were decidedly second best for most of the first half but after a controversial decision to disallow an Alex Song goal Santi Cazorla drew and converted a penalty in the 41st minute. Danny Welbeck scored an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross three minutes later for a 2-0 halftime lead that in no way reflected the action. The match got renewed life early in the second half when Cheikhou Kouyaté scored for the Hammers in the 54th and remained entertaining throughout. The win was huge for Arsenal as Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, West Ham, and Spurs all dropped points around them in the table.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Arsenal's attack was in sharp form, carving through the Newcastle defense with ease, and it was a pair of goals for both Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud that did the damage in a 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle United.

This may have been Arsenal's most impressive showing of the season when you consider where the production came from as Cazorla had not scored from open play in 29 appearances and Giroud scored for the first time in a starting role since his return from injury last month. Alexis Sanchez was the main supplier, providing two assists on the day. With Aaron Ramsey injured for a spell and a well publicized desire from Gunner fans to bring in a more prolific striker, Cazorla and Giroud showed today that they are capable of getting positive results with the weight of responsibility on their backs. Arsenal travel to Anfield next in what should be an entertaining event.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 02:33:00 PM

Santi Cazorla finally opened his Premier League account for Arsenal in the 3-2 loss at the Britannia on Saturday.

Santi Cazorla failed to score in the Premier League over the season's first four months but finally broke onto the score sheet when he converted a second half penalty. Cazorla's lack of goals wasn't for lack of trying with the diminutive Spaniard having taken 40 shots this season with 12 being on target. He has been producing strong all-around phantom point totals most weeks and if the goals and assists start coming he could be a very strong fantasy option in the weeks leading up to Mesut Ozil's return presumably sometime in January.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 09:10:00 AM

Jack Wilshere's injury may render this irrelevant but it is worth noting that for an important match, Santi Cazorla was left out of Arsene Wenger's starting line-up.

It has been a long dry spell in front of goal for Santi Cazorla. Combine that with Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showing well for England and the return to health of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey the diminutive Spaniard may no longer be a starter for Arsene Wenger on the rare occasions when he has a healthy line-up. Wilshere will be out for between a couple of weeks and four months depending on what is found in scans later this week but with Mesut Ozil getting closer to full health and a transfer window opening, Cazorla's time as a significant contributor at Arsenal may be drawing to a close.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 12:03:00 PM