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Cazorla targets Everton to open account
Santi Cazorla, left, in Champions League action for Arsenal against Besiktas this week. Pic: Reuters

Santi Cazorla wants to return to his scoring consistency of two seasons ago and strengthen Arsenal's challenge for honours this season.

The Spain midfielder struck seven goals last season and will hope to open his Premier League account this term when Arsene Wenger's side face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

His goal return in the 2013-14 campaign was down on the 12 goals he scored during his first season at the club and, while Cazorla missed out in the narrow opening day win over Crystal Palace, he provided a reminder of his threat with Arsenal's first goal in the Community Shield win over Manchester City.

"Kicking off a new season in that fashion is always nice: winning a title and also helping by scoring a goal," Cazorla said.

"That keeps your morale high. As I always say, my target is helping the team with goals.

"I hope to equal or beat my goalscoring tally from last season. That's something every player wants to achieve."

He added: "Hopefully, I'll help the team with many goals because that would be a signal that I can be useful.

"My first season here was very good. I managed to beat my scoring record -- which had been nine with Malaga -- with 12 goals."

Mikel Arteta will miss out on the chance to face his former club after injuring his ankle during the goalless draw at Besiktas in this week's Champions League qualifier.

Wenger, the Gunners manager, must decide whether to restore Per Mertesacker to central defence or continue with 19-year-old Calum Chambers in the role.

Mertesacker, along with Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski, was given extended leave after helping Germany to win the World Cup.

But Chambers has impressed in an unfamiliar role following his arrival from Southampton.

The West Australian

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