Diminutive Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla is a valuable piece of the Arsenal puzzle and — opinion alert — his health is probably the biggest reason the Gunners couldn’t chase down Leicester for the Premier League title last season.
Cazorla, 31, has two goals and a pair of assists in seven Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season after being limited to 15 appearances in 2015-16. Arsenal went 11W-8D-4L in his absence, and 9-3-3 when he was on the pitch.
“I am happy here. I am trusted by the manager and my team-mates.
“I am feeling important here, and if they’ll offer me a new contract, I’ll sign it because I am very happy with this great club.”
Away from on-field things, Cazorla joined Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil for some play-by-play of the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Manchester United. We particularly enjoy Cazorla’s call of an Alexis Sanchez goal that begins, “Pass it, Alexis, pass it” and ends with a laser goal.
Frank Lampard was all business in being asked about his first Premier League win as Chelsea boss.
Coming on the heels of a loss and draw heading into Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Norwich City, Lampard was ready to talk about the big picture (especially considering the Blues dealt with a pre-match injury to Pedro).
With a lot of young players and a tricky transfer ban, Lampard has to walk a fine line between the expectations of Chelsea and the reality of working with a side he hasn’t been able to improve through the transfer window. From the BBC:
“We want to compete. We know this year is difficult on different levels. We’ve had a tough start, and yep, we needed a win. It helps confidence.”
On the other end of the spectrum is Tammy Abraham, who has no qualms whatsoever with his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.
“I didn’t even know how to celebrate so I just ran over to the management and the staff. It always gives confidence to me and the young boys when the coach believes in you.”
Sheffield United is next, a real chance for the Blues to round into form even if the Blades have been plucky early in their Premier League return.
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10 a.m. ET: Man United v. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Leicester – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Watford v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]