At the current place, the create article button is plain not visible. It is pretty hidden underneath the references and given the fact there are already very few clicks to it, it might be considered to make it more prominent in some way.
We are discussing the special page in nowiki, and some people didn't see the create button. I will not claim that any particular placement is better than something else, I just say users don't see it right now. If they are being told there is a create button on the page they will probably find it.