Cazorla: Arsenal must keep possession to beat Manchester United

Arsenal news: Santi Cazorla believes possession is key if the Gunners are to beat Manchester United

Alex Batt
Published 04/26/2013 16:27 by Alex Batt, read by 3,986 people.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla believes if Arsenal are to beat Manchester United on Sunday, then the Gunners must be able to keep the ball better and use possession wisely.

The little Spaniard was on target for the Gunners the last time these two met earlier on in the season at Old Trafford, which finished 2-1 to United and he has admitted that their performance on the day was not good enough.

Cazorla admitted that his last minute strike gave Arsenal a flattering score-line after the 90 minutes previous was very much one-sided.

Arsenal have enjoyed great spells of possession in their last two Premier League games against Everton and Fulham, but they have only been able to score one goal in those two games and that is concerning for the north London side as they fight for a Champions League spot.

A defeat to newly-crowned champions on Sunday would provide a massive dent in Arsenal's top four hopes and Cazorla believes keeping possession and using it wisely will be key if they are to beat the 20 times champions.

Cazorla told Arsenal Player: "Above all we need to keep the ball.

"If we have the ball, we’re definitely going to hurt them. 

"We’re a team that keeps possession well and knows how to hurt the opposition.

"If we don’t, it’ll be the reverse. They’ll cause us problems because they have a lot of quality and when given space they can threaten us.

"Keeping the ball is the key. We need to force them back and not give them time on the ball as they have players that can make a difference."

Cazorla also discussed his disappointment at his sides defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season. The gunners went down by two goals to one, in which the Spaniard scored a late consolation. 

Cazorla continued by saying: "It wasn’t a good game for us [at Old Trafford].

"We didn’t play very well and made life hard for ourselves right at the start with Van Persie scoring within five minutes.

"We found it tough trying to break them down and they had a lot of good chances. 

"Then we went down to 10 men after Jack got sent off. They played the game well. 

"My goal at the end means the scoreline flattered us a bit and I think they were better than us in that match."

Ahead of the match, Cazorla revealed that he is once again very excited to go up against the Premier League's top side.

He finished by saying: "We always look forward to the big games. "They’re coming here having won the league and we hope that they’ll be more relaxed than if they had to win the league on our pitch, but it’s going to be a very difficult game.

"At the moment, they’ve got the best team in the Premier League - they’ve proven that by winning the league with games to spare. 

"But I hope we can get the three points at home because we need them more than they do."


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