Though there are still few matches to the end of the season, this season can already be referred to ask another futile campaign for Arsenal, a season that all efforts would just not yield any positive result.
We had it smooth with Santi Cazorla in the team until his injuries rear its ugly head again and he was ruled out for the rest of the season. He last featured for us in the 6-0 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League on October 19 and then we were level on points with Man City and the summit of the Premier League standings and three points ahead of now potential winner Chelsea.
Our form has dipped since then and his absence has brought about some embarrassing results like the 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich and Arsene Wenger could only wish he has the Spanish international to call upon. That the team has faltered since he got injured in the last five months is no mere coincidence.
Cazorla can play behind the striker or across the midfield and was also prolific in the deep-lying position, bringing out the best in Mesut Ozil, and his absence could pass for the reason behind the German drop in form. He has scored more goals in 490 minutes with the former Villarreal midfielder on the pitch than the 1376 minutes without him.
Arsenal have 80 per cent win ratio across all competitions with Carzola in the team and a low 45 per cent in his absence. This season we have a winning rate of 62.5 with him which dropped to 50 per cent without him and those stats goes with an incredible pass completion rate of 91.3 per cent and 1.3 scoring chances per game.
And it is rather unfortunate that we could not find a replacement for him in Mohammed Eleny and Granit Xhaka. His availability would have made the difference.