Arteta can take Arsenal to the table: Cazorla

CHENNAI: Amid conversations of Liverpool invincibility and Manchester city The two-year ban on UEFA competitions, a team that has achieved its own change in the English Premier League it is Arsenal . The Gunners could currently be in tenth place in the table, six points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fifth place, but so far they have remained undefeated in 2020 in their nine games.

While there might still be plenty of room for improvement, Arsenal have looked more resolute under coach Mikel Arteta and a former gunner and current midfielder of Villarreal Santi Cazorla feels that the former champions are headed in the right direction. It was the right decision to put him in as the manager. It made sense and he has everything you need for the job. I hope he takes Arsenal up the table, Cazorla, who had won two FA Cups playing alongside Arteta at Arsenal, told TOI in an interaction facilitated by La Liga.

The 35-year-old was forced to leave Arsenal after a stint of six years in 2018 following a recurrent ankle injury. But his career witnessed a renaissance of sorts since he rejoined his old club Villarreal. Cazorla has scored 12 goals and six assists for Villarreal so far this season and his performance has even earned him a recall into the Spain team.

With Euros starting in June, Cazorla it is expected to retain his place in the side and play a crucial role in the midfield. However, the Spaniard doesn't want to read too much into Spain's chances in the tournament. "We are one of the favourites but it won't be easy for us. Spanish football it is undergoing a transition. There it is a new generation of footballers and we need to give them time. We have to trust them and have faith in their abilities. It's going to be tough for us to win the Euros. But we won't give up easily. I hope to be fit and ready whenever the coach wants me," Cazorla said.

The midfielder, though, it is presently focused on the current job at hand - to help Villarreal qualify for the Champions League . The Yellow Submarines are sixth with 38 points from 24 games and can enter the top-four if they manage to beat Atletico Madrid. "The secret of our performance it is that we play as a group. Our aim it is to be in Champions League and we have to beat top teams if we want to go there. But it won't be easy. Atletico have beaten Liverpool, which has only lost twice this season. So we have to play an organized team game to beat them, he said.