Stats: Cazorla wants to help Arsenal improve; in one area they're worst in league

Cazorla Corner

Last season Arsenal failed to convert one direct free-kick into an immediate goal - and scoring is one department Santi Cazorla wants to help out with.

Santi Cazorla's wonder-strike against Hull City in the 2014 FA Cup final still lingers in recent memory.

The Gunners were 2-0 down after just eight minutes as Arsene Wenger's side slumped to a disastrous start. Spanish attacker Cazorla, though, converted a free-kick and helped inspire a 3-2 comeback that Laurent Koscielny and then Aaron Ramsey sealed.

In Premier League competition alone, however, Arsenal were one of the few teams who failed to return a single goal from a direct free kick.

As the data table below indicates, Manchester City are the most precise strikers of the football from dead-ball situations as they score from 31% of their free-kick opportunities while Manchester United, too, are accurate from set-pieces.

Everton, Aston Villa and Liverpool complete the top five while Arsenal join company like West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City and Swansea City as teams who collectively failed to capitalise from a sending the ball from a direct free kick into the goal.

  % of goals to
total free kicks
Total free kicksGoals from free kicksPlayed
1): Manchester City 31.25% 16 5 38
2): Manchester United 21.74% 23 5 38
3): Everton 20.83% 24 5 38
4): Aston Villa 16.67% 18 3 38
5): Liverpool 13.95% 43 6 38
20): Arsenal 0.00% 25 0 38

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"As I always say, my target is helping the team with goals," said Cazorla, 29, to the club's official website recently.

The creative midfielder, who scored seven goals from 46 games in all competitions, added: "I hope to equal or beat my goalscoring tally from last season. That's something every player wants to achieve. Hopefully I'll help the team with many goals because that would be a signal that I can be useful."

Should Cazorla work on his free-kick striking on the training ground? Do you expect to see Cazorla return goals akin to the Hull City golazo during the FA Cup? Let us know.

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