Arsene Wenger says Santi Cazorla is finding his form again after a difficult first half of the season. The Spaniard has had some injury issues, and had scored just once in 22 appearances.
But his recent spurt of 3 in his last 3 games is a sign that the former Malaga man is getting back to his best.
“He was out for a long time at the start of the season and had some injury problems,”he said. “After that he had an ankle problem and only recently, since mid-December, has he come back to his level.
“When you play in your opponents’ half, in the final third, he is one of the players who can create something special, either through his passing or through his finishing. He is two-footed, and that makes him very dangerous.”
Wenger was also pleased at his team’s response to a fairly flat first half in which they made Fulham look half decent.
“We were in control for the 90 minutes but a bit one-paced in the first half with our passing. In the second half when we got up a gear we scored the goals.
“Santi got two good goals and from then on we looked like we would get the points. We had a few more chances but overall in games against teams who fight not to go down, it is very difficult.
“Sometimes it is a question of patience.”
Then he laughed at Darren Bent and went off to get a bag of chips because he was quite hungry.