Arsenal’s Wenger, Cazorla react to late penalty, win over Southampton

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Santi Cazorla absence may have been the biggest part of Arsenal’s disappointing 2015-16 season, and he’s making up for lost time.

The Spaniard dealt with a lengthy wait to finish a penalty kick that gave Arsenal three points in a 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.

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His thought process? Don’t miss.

“I had a lot of time to think about where to shoot my penalty, but I kept calm,” Cazorla said.

“I thought if I shot down the middle the keeper might go to one side. I have no idea if it was a foul.”

Arsene Wenger hailed the playmaking for his composure, and said the win should’ve been a bit more comfortable.

From the BBC:

“It is a relief, because we missed many chances and they had one or two opportunities having thrown everything forward. Honestly, everyone is telling me it was a penalty, but I’ve not yet seen it again.

“There was a long delay before Santi Cazorla took the penalty – he did very well to score because he felt a heavy mental weight for the team. He played very well, because he helped us get back into the game after we started not fluent and not pacey.”