Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla put together a dominating performance for Spain against a vastly inferior Luxembourg squad on Friday. Cazorla scored 2 goals and added an assist to help ease Spain to a 4-0 victory.
Cazorla was dominate in every aspect of the game. He fired off 6 shots including his 2 goals, he had 3 key passes including his 1 assist, and he completed 87 of his 96 passes meaning that 90.6 percent of his passes were accurate.
Cazorla has gotten off to a solid start at Arsenal this season, but he has yet to score a goal in the Premier League. Arsenal does not necessarily need Cazorla to score goals as he is very capable of contributing in other ways, but it would be a big boost to the Gunners if Cazorla could start finding the back of the net occasionally.
Last season Cazorla had 7 goals and 11 assists for Arsenal in the Premier League, and this is the kind of production Arsenal hopes to get from Cazorla again this season. Scoring 2 goals, regardless of the opponent, should help give Cazorla some more confidence in the attacking third.
Although it would be nice if Cazorla could score the occasional goal for Arsenal, it is more important for him to contribute by setting up goals with his passing. Cazorla’s passing was on point against Luxembourg, and it is very important for Arsenal that this continues when he returns to his club team when he will face much tougher competition.
It’s difficult to take much stock in a game against lowly Luxembourg, but it’s always good to see players play well over international break, no matter the opponent. Cazorla was able to finish this game healthy and high on confidence, and those are certainly both positives for the Gunners.