Arsenal need a miracle and perfect brilliant performances till the end of the season if they are to be declared title winners. 11 points off the number 1 spot, the Gunners almost don’t have a chance again with 7 games to go, and it is safe to say Wenger has lost his best opportunity to win the league since 12 seasons ago. With many praising the efforts and doggedness of surprise table leaders, Leicester City, Arsenal’s left back, Nacho Monreal believes his team might have still been in a good position to win the league, had it been his countryman, Santi Cazorla didn’t pick up an injury last year November.
With Cazorla in the mix, Arsenal were just 2 points away from the top but have slipped and let the gap widen since the beginning of the year. The Spain international was the anchor of Wenger’s midfield, alongside Francis Coquelin, and his attacking contributions to the team was key to keeping them closer to the title dream. The duo of Ramsey and winter signing, Elneny took his place as he got sidelined, but none has been able to bring the Cazorla effect to the team.
The former Villareal winger got shifted to the central midfield role early last year and has since flourished in the new position. However, the injury curse on the Arsenal squad fell on him when he was needed most, and Monreal is already rueing what his long absence cost the North London side.
“Everybody really likes him and we’re aware that his way of playing and the amount of assists and goals he pitches in with are very important for us. 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.“
Cazorla might return to the fold sooner or later, as he is nearing fitness following the Achilles and Knee ligament tear injuries that sidelined him for 5 months. But it would be too late for him to come help the club break the 12-season old jinx of no title win.