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Wenger denies claims of Arsenal's over-reliance on Cazorla

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Following Arsenal’s shock 1-0 defeat to Norwich City at the weekend, media pundits have observed that the Gunners are heavily reliant on Santi Cazorla to win them games. However, Wenger denied these allegations claiming that Norwich’s defeat reflected on the entire squad and not Cazorla alone.

Cazorla has been in stellar form since leaving Malaga over the summer to join the North Londoners. The midfielder has scored twice and provided 2 assists in 8 appearances for the Gunners so far. However, the Spaniard was not at the top of his game on Saturday evening as the Gunners struggled to find an answer to Grant Holt’s 20th minute opener at Carrow Road.

Wenger told ESPN, “It is not as simple as just stopping Cazorla and stopping Arsenal. Santi was a little flat at the weekend, and that was the same for many of the team, but I believe if the team play well then he is very difficult to stop playing.”

The Arsenal boss is looking forward to the Champions League clash where they host Schalke on Wednesday night. The Germans have made strong progress in the Bundesliga, sitting third after 8 games. The Gunners have won both their previous Champions League group stage matches and a win over Schalke would almost secure qualification to the knockout stages. The fans are naturally expecting some Cazorla magic to help Arsenal conquer the formidable German side at the Emirates.