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After some fairly tedious research, I found that Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, commonly regarded as Arsenal's first-choice front three, started together on only four occasions this past season.
Considering that the former two were brought in to be automatic starters, and the latter is among the highest-paid players at the club, that is astounding.
There are many reasons why this trio was not able to coalesce for any significant period of time. Chief among them, though, is Santi Cazorla.
The Spaniard belongs in midfield. Perhaps Arsene Wenger started him on the left wing game after game to compensate for Podolski's bothersome ankle, but Cazorla was still somewhat marginalized, and his attempts to thrust himself into the fore deprived the Gunners of width out wide.
Even if Wenger has to sacrifice someone in midfield, Cazorla must move back to the center, allowing Podolski, Giroud and Walcott to have the brilliant menage a trois that was always waiting to occur.