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Canny Cazorla emulates club legend

ESPN staff
February 23, 2013
Santi Cazorla followed in the footsteps of Thierry Henry on Saturday © PA Photos

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Following in illustrious footsteps

With his first goal on Saturday, Santi Cazorla became the first Arsenal player to reach ten goals in his debut season with the club since Thierry Henry in the 1999/2000 campaign. While it is unlikely the Spaniard will go on to surpass the Frenchman's eventual goalscoring exploits for the club, that is still some pretty impressive going.

With his second goal on Saturday, Cazorla then ensured Arsenal beat Aston Villa after a difficult week and as a result kept them firmly in the hunt for the all-important fourth place in the table.

All in all, a successful afternoon's work for the former Malaga man.

Chelsea's most prolific No. 9

With two goals on Saturday in a West Brom win, Romelu Lukaku took his tally for the season to 12 - a full five more than a certain striker at parent club Chelsea.

It remains to be seen whether the young Belgian will get the chance to press his case for regular football at Stamford Bridge come the start of the next season, but - with impressive, all-action displays like the one on Saturday - he is certainly giving Rafa Benitez, and Fernando Torres, a few things to think about.

A special sequence for a Welsh wizard

1993. 1994. 1995. 2013.

Those are the years in which Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has scored a Premier League goal against QPR.

Longevity, thy name is Ryan.

How to make missing a penalty fun

Having a penalty saved can ruin any striker's day, some even their season, but Stoke's Jonathan Walters may have walked off the Craven Cottage pitch in high spirits.

Walters' unconvincing but well-placed penalty attempt was saved by Australian Mark Schwarzer in the 56th-minute of the Potters' 1-0 defeat to Fulham.

His team never conjured a better chance to equalise, meaning they have still only won one league match in 2013.

However the last time Walters missed from the penalty spot he had scored two own goals prior to it against Chelsea, so he may look back on this match as a job not-so-badly done.

Home, unsweet home

With a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United, QPR failed to score at Loftus Road for the fifth successive game. It is the longest run in England's top division since Portsmouth in 2007, as the South Coast club went six games at Fratton Park without taxing the home scoreboard operator.

At the time Pompey were managed by Harry Redknapp, and the Englishman seems to be seeing history repeat itself at his current club. That season, of course, Portsmouth actually ended up finishing eighth in the table - somehow we don't see that particular finish quite panning out for Redknapp and the west Londoners this time around...

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