Santi Cazorla to join Villarreal for pre-season

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Santi Cazorla surgery

It’s being reported that Santi Cazorla will return to one of his former clubs to undergo pre-season training with them as he looks to play first team football again.

The 33 year old has been out of action since October 2016 with a well documented nightmare in terms of injury and infection, although he did recently step up his training at Arsenal.

However, he was not fit enough to play any part before the end of the season, and this summer he’ll do pre-season training with Villarreal to try and prove his fitness and perhaps get a contract with the La Liga side.

Cazorla played for them between 2003 and 2011, making 241 appearances, before going on to Malaga and then to Arsenal in the summer of 2012. His contract with us expires at the end of June.

Reports that he was going to be part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff were purely speculative, so there is no snub to his former teammate as is being suggested.

It’s a shame we didn’t get a chance to say a proper goodbye to a wonderful player and really great guy, but we wish him luck and it’d be fantastic to see him get properly fit and play again.

Gracias, Santi.

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Ryan Colaco
Ryan Colaco

I don’t think my heart can take any more heartbreak for a year now. Wenger, and now Santi? My wife is going to find me bawling my eyes out in the bathroom often.

Meh
Meh

Since I can’t upvote you so ??

GhostofSanogo
GhostofSanogo

I can never forget how he scored that free kick during the fa cup final or the way he bossed the midfield in the game against city. Truly a treasure. I only wished we had him for more of the season.

Thank you Santi for all you have done! I know they say you’re right footed but you’ll always be my two footed magician.

Gunnerali
Gunnerali

Was awesome against city, we really miss performances like that – truly magnificent!

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

And that little jig ?

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Like Diaby at Anfield its a performance that will stand out for years to come. Santi destroyed City that day.
”Who is the best player at Arsenal”…No pause…Santi Cazorla. – Every player at the club.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

I missed that Liverpool game. Was that Diaby performance that good? Gonna look for some youtube clips now.

Matt Arsenal
Matt Arsenal

It was that good. It was a glimpse of what could have been one of the most dominant midfielders in the game. Ever.

I would add that the first game against Chelsea in 2016/2017 was yet another performance when Santi’s sublime skillset were blindingly brilliant.

theLowCrows
theLowCrows

Here’s something to get you started. I saw that and was so excited for that season till injury destroyed him again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6khpoTY6oQ

Non Flying dutchman
Non Flying dutchman

I know others wont have it as there were deficiencies elsewhere across the pitch… but I still think if he lasted the campaign he would have been the difference that would have had us win the League over Leicester in 15/16

Arsene's Micki
Arsene's Micki

Oh Santi Cazorla! ??

Sank
Sank

Best two fitted and jolly footballer I have seen.

Wish you best of luck.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Yet again another player who, if available more, could of made a amssive difference to the clubs fortunes.
A champion bloke. Champion player.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Could have*

Goons
Goons

The best midfielder to play for Arsenal since Fab left. He’s probably even more gifted than him

Ben
Ben

I know. I’m still gutted fabianski left us

Gunnerjoe
Gunnerjoe

So let’s go get him back

A Different George
A Different George

Like Santi, Lukas is equally good with his left and right feet; I said equally good, not good. Okay, in fairness I feel a lot of affection for Fabianski–we won the FA Cup with him.

Gooner49
Gooner49

So sad we didn’t get to say a proper goodbye. As someone who is unfortunately just too young to properly remember the invincibles, Santi is my favourite player I’ve watched in an Arsenal shirt. Will always remember that goal against Hull, giving me the first trophy as an Arsenal fan post the age of 10.

Wish him all the best for the future and hope he gets back to first team action – a true ledgend of the Emirates era!

PeteyB
PeteyB

It is a shame we’ll not be seeing him again. Would be nice if one day he would get a testimonial type game at the Emirates.

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

One of the most talented midfielders we’ve ever had. Best of luck to him.

Vescucci
Vescucci

Why does this feel so heartbreaking? Waaaaaah!!!

Maxin In The Shade
Maxin In The Shade

Played the game the way it’s supposed to be played – with skill, guts, determination and a smile on your face.

All the best Santi.

89 was fine
89 was fine

It’s a new start for him and I really hope he gets to play again. He’s fought so had to come back from an injury nightmare and deserves the chance to show his smile and skills again.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I knew it was coming but still I’m gutted we’ll never see him in an Arsenal shirt again.
What a fantastic player. We were robbed of two years of his career, as was he.
I really hope he is able to play again to the dazzling standards he did before.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player so two footed and I’m so glad he had a legendary moment for us in that FA Cup free kick.
I need to decide on a new favourite player now.

adgonner
adgonner

Fuck. So much is changing at the club. Arsene is no more here. But the coaching staff is transformed. Mamagement is transformed. Ramsey is probably the only one who can be called as the ‘old guard’. Theo, Gibbs, Szcz, Giroud, Ox , howsoever maligned, had a feeling of belongingness to the club. Jack looks set to go. Kos too probably. Santi is also going now. Rest of the players are relatively new.. I hope I don’t stop identifying with the club.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Hey is there something wrong with the website? I can’t vote comments up or down!!!

Chopski
Chopski

I remember the semis in 2006, every one was hyping up riquelme, but cazorla even at that age looked class, and caught my eye, honored to have him at the club, hope he can have a nice swansong at his Villarreal, then maybe come back here once his playing days are done.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It seems I am not allowed to vote for anybody’s comments

afan
afan

same here

Drew

Same here

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

It’s right for Cazorla to move on now: even if he wasn’t injured his best years are now well behind him. And we are no longer a charity for perennially injured players. He was a very good, but not great, player, but his time at Arsenal has come to an end.

Dreadful FA Cup Final yesterday, wasn’t it? I just knew that Maureen would try to kill the game and get a 1-0. But once the Chavs scored the wheels came off his awful plan and Man United weren’t able to get back in the game. Quite rightly, Manure fans are pissed off at the Special One’s negative tactics. Chelsea were there for the taking and should have been seen off by United’s superior players, but Maureen is a leopard who can’t change his spots. Just like Wenger, his time at the top is probably up.

Why the delay in announcing Arteta as the new manager? Both City’s and our seasons were completed a week ago. I wonder if Ivan and the Board are having second thoughts after reading all the negative stuff on the Internet? Or maybe Mikel himself is beginning to think that he might be better off clinging on to daddy Pep and staying out of the brutal management limelight at the Emirates. For the benefit of the club a new boss needs to be in place as soon as as possible so that we can begin planning for next season. Hey: Sam Allardyce is free (just kidding!).

GraeB
GraeB

Hijacking a Santi thread to discuss Cup Final is unforgivable ? (especially without a congratulatory comment to OG on his 4th winners medal).

Lots of other threads to dicuss new manager too.

Finlay307
Finlay307

Man, I really wish the down votes were working. Not a great player! Are you serious? Just a double European Cup winner with 77 caps for the best Spain team ever.

A P
A P

Yea, Fats must be jumping at the chance when the voting system is down.

Vonnie
Vonnie

There was an article a while back about the guy in Spain who eventually figured out that Santi had a huge infection and could even lose his foot. Santi has been treated by him and trusts him implicitly, apparently, which makes sense to me. Perhaps Santi feels he wants to be with people he trusts. Wherever he ends up I just hope he’s healthy and happy, and it he’s not with us he will still always be a favourite. If he is actually leaving it would have been nice to be able to say a proper goodbye, maybe we see him in some legends matches in the future?

Hammed Adewale
Hammed Adewale

it’s a very sad news to hear,Santi is a very good and talented player that deserve memorable farewell….Well I personally wish you best of luck little magician thanks for all this years.

Santi's Better Foot
Santi's Better Foot

Shame it has to end like this. Truly talented. Versatile and always played with a smile on his face.
So long Santi. You’ll be missed.

O Santi Cazorla!

Badaab
Badaab

All the best, Santi, and thank you.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

I love this guy and forever will. I know whatever happens, happens for the best.. stay blessed Santi!!!

Chippy87
Chippy87

Sad he’s going but happy his recovery continues.

He’s got a couple years left in him yet.

Lone Star Gunner
Lone Star Gunner

Most importantly, I love Santi, will miss him, and wish him all the best.

Of secondary import, I guess this puts paid the rumors of a player coach contract for him. I wonder why that rumor did the rounds?

Drew

Damit, Keep him for just one more season. Come on. Look at his face, how can we let that face leave the club. He’s just too lovely!

He Who Shall Not Be Named
He Who Shall Not Be Named

My heart hurts.

Non Flying dutchman
Non Flying dutchman

could he really not have featured in that Burnley game? Crowd did us proud singing his name on the walaround though

Bobbyt
Bobbyt

We’ve missed him in midfield so much. What could of been if he’d stayed fit…. We didn’t have anyone who was half as good to replace him. Good luck Santi 🙁

Gereoma
Gereoma

Santi was excellent for us, but his time is over now. All these excess moaning and melodrama is what is holding Arsenal down. Task this board or the next coach to buy his replacement. That’s the only way to fully respond to a player who has moved on.