London franchise Arsenal seem to have lost a golden chance to clinch their first Premier League title in more than 10 years this season after a series of poor results.
They find themselves 11 points away from Leicester City at the top of the table with a game in hand but with just 6 games to play this season, their hopes are slowly fading away.
A number of reasons come to mind as to what led Arsenal’s slide down the table, consistency the first one that comes to mind but the club’s left back has a different view.
Nacho Monreal in a recent interview said that Arsenal paid the price by losing ground in the title race due to the injury to Spanish maestro Santi Cazorla.
A combination of Achilles and knee injuries have kept the midfielder out of action since November and Monreal felt that the faltering title bid this season was partly due to the absence of Cazorla.
Cazorla started the season superbly in a mid-field alongside Francis Coquelin but in his absence, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny were paired alongside the holding midfielder.
This trio was just not able to help Arsenal’s cause as they slowly started to fall behind Leicester City and they rivals Tottenham in the race to the title.
‘Obviously he’s had this injury that’s kept him out for about five months and the team feels that. When you lose an important player the team pays for it,’ Monreal said, talking to the media.
He was all praises for the midfielder and said that he is one of the most technically gifted player and that he is a perfect fit for the side at the Emirates.
Santi is the perfect player for us because he loves receiving the ball, he brings our centre-backs into the game and really helps us to bring the ball out,’ said Monreal.
‘He’s probably one of the most technically-gifted players we have in the team and obviously, he brings a lot to the side,’ the left back said.
He went on to say that his contribution was vital for the team and that they have failed to replace his quality in the middle.
He said, ‘Everybody really likes him and we’re aware that his way of playing and a number of assists and goals he pitches in with are very important for us.
Do you think Cazorla would have helped Arsenal to the Premier League title this season?