Arsenal confirmed last night that Santi Cazorla is set to leave the club after six years.
The popular Spaniard, who hasn’t played since October 2016 due to injury, is set to join former club Villarreal for pre-season training in the hope of finding full fitness ahead of the new season.
On his departure, the 33-year-old had this message for the Emirates faithful.
Hola Arsenal fans.I am sad to be leaving after so many great times. I have loved my time with the club and will always remember the special moments we had together.YouHave always given me special support and I will miss you.Thank you everyone https://t.co/ftOWeAM3mN
— Santi Cazorla (@19SCazorla) May 21, 2018
“Hello to the Arsenal fans everywhere. I’m very sad to be leaving after so many great times. I have loved it, my time with the club.
“I will always remember the special times we had together. Our FA Cup win in 2014 is something we will never forget. It was a great moment for me and for the club.
“I want to say thank you very much because you always give me special support. I’m very proud to be part of the club’s history.
“I want to wish you all the best, I will miss you a lot. Thank you very much again.”
There were also some nice words from compatriot and teammate Nacho Monreal, who was taken under Cazorla’s wing when he joined from Malaga in 2013.
“It has been really difficult because Santi is one of the best players for Arsenal,” Monreal told Arsenal Player.
“We miss him on the pitch and outside the pitch. You can’t imagine how important he is, every day members of staff, team-mates ask me about him so we have missed him a lot.
“I speak with him every week, we are in contact, I ask him how he feels, so we are in touch.
“Everyone loves Santi because he is a special player and special person, when you are with him you feel happy because he is laughing all the time, he is very positive in any moment and that makes you feel better when you are next to him.
“This is why he is so popular and why so many people love him.”