Santi sad not to experience Emirates goodbye

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Santi Cazorla is one of my favourite ever players. He’s probably one of yours too.

Sid Lowe is one of my favourite football writers.

I don’t want to do either a disservice, so here’s a link to the Guardian where Santi, who left Arsenal this summer, talks to Sid about returning to the football field in the colours of another former club, Villarreal; something that, until recently, seemed a pipe dream.

On his relationship with the Gunners supporters, Santi had this to say: “The people love me there and I’ll always have a connection with Arsenal, so much affection.

“Not being able to say goodbye playing at the Emirates is like a thorn in my side. If I had to leave, I wanted it to be in front of the fans.”

Santi. You were. Are. And always will be. An inspiration.

I hope one day very soon you return to N5 and get the welcome you deserve. We love you. We miss you.

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rugrat
rugrat

tries not to cry…

nose
nose

What a guy.

Amusa
Amusa

If my girl told me that she was leaving me for Santi, I’d help her pack her bags and drop her off at the airport myself.

Owl faced Deeney's cojones
Owl faced Deeney's cojones

Lool, then bang RVP’s girlfriend ?

gooner
gooner

Santi is a good person. Always smiling.

Why would you wish misery on him?

Flash
Flash

Well said, Arseblog!

ramgooner
ramgooner

We should do a Rosicky type testimonial with Santi, Podolski, Giroud, Rosicky, Arteta, BFG, Monreal vs Villareal, Malaga+few legends from Spain NT(Combined xi).

Segun
Segun

Clubs typically, grant testimonials to/for players who have served for ten years (or on account of some disability-related retirement, I would imagine), but Santi deserves the exception, if it comes down to that.

allezkev
allezkev

So glad that our little genius is able to play again after all the complications, so sad we never got the chance to give him a well deserved Mertesaker style send off, at least there’s still time I guess…

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

I enjoyed watching Santi, but I’m afraid I had my fill of mawkish articles after Wenger left.

Bob
Bob

You know that no one is forcing you to click on it, much less forcing you to read it and comment about it, right?

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

Ohhhhhh, Santi cazoooorrrrla!

caveat emptor
caveat emptor

This is what he has to say about Arsène …

“… And Arsène always supported me. He renewed my contract before the first operation, which was an incredible gesture. He called me in: ‘Santi, I’m going to give you the optional year. It’s here, sign it, have your operation with peace of mind.’ That helped me focus on my rehabilitation without fear. I’m eternally grateful for that.”

Segun
Segun

Another example of how classy the club is…epitomized by Arsene Wenger. Touching gesture, in an era when the commercials mean more than having a human face…..

Hutch
Hutch

Fecking cried reading this.

Devlin
Devlin

Santi Carzola, the best player I have seen at Arsenal in the past 10 years. I try to watch each and every game that Villarreal plays, just to see our little magician and he is ours. No matter where he goes, Santi is the one Arsenal player that remains ours, even after leaving.

He is an example of a player who loved football and loved this club. He was the everyday man, with incredible ability and a smile that illuminated the club. I hope he gets back to his best, I wouldn’t mind celebrating if he scored against us. I would just be happy to see Santi at the Emirates again or on the pitch for an Arsenal game.

adgonner
adgonner

Cant believe so called world class doctors can fuck up so bad. I mean 10 cms of decay inside your body?? Even my village doctor would not have let that happen!

Tim
Tim

Everyone makes mistakes.

But what I didn’t like is they had a holier-than-thou attitude after it was clear they’d made a mistake. Just apologise for giving an incorrect professional opinion.

Viv
Viv

Why is god unfair on us…. Eduardo leg break and Santi injury
2 epls slipped through
Santi had all in what a footballer wanted
Gutted to see him leave

Mongolian Gooner
Mongolian Gooner

No disrespect to Ozil, but looking back, I feel that Santi’s been a better player for us. So impressive how he transitioned from brilliant wide playmaker to number 10 to deep lying playmaker. I’ve never seen a player so skillfully with both feet. He’s brilliant the way that Ronaldinho was, even though they have very different styles. Oh Santi, so happy to see him come through this ordeal and play football again. Coming back to Villareal is a beautiful story in its own right. Also, big kudos to Arsene Wenger, showing his class and humanity. “Here’s a year long contract. Now you can go and have your surgery with peace of mind”, so much class.

Vonnie
Vonnie

There’s no need for a comparison, Santi is a magician and Mesut is a wizard. This article is about Santi. So pleased to see him playing again and hopefully we’ll see him play at a legends game in the future, he may be visiting today and if so we’ll all be singing his song for sure.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Guess Mesut is a wizard, as he can disappear for long periods of time.

Mongolian Gooner
Mongolian Gooner

Yeah you’re right. I just thought in my mind always that Ozil is a step above him, but now, thinking back, I come to the conclusion that that’s not the case.

Hantal
Hantal

No idea why he couldn’t come on in the last game of last season, it’s not like the game mattered

Ferg
Ferg

Santi. Class. Irreplaceable to date. We still miss his Connection, and smile of course.
Arsene. Class. His Team failed to recover from the loss of Santi. Let’s hope Mr Emery’s way helps us turn that corner. Green shoots COYG
Love to see the magician back for a testimonial/ charity match.

Pires' Bangs
Pires' Bangs

This may make me a pussy but I don’t care. The ending to that article made me cry

Espen
Espen

Santi – A Arsenal Legend in the hearts of many fans

PodB
PodB

That cannon free kick in FA Cup v Hull. Stuff of legend.

Ooooh Santi Carlozaaaa...
Ooooh Santi Carlozaaaa...

My favourite player over the last decade. I miss you as much as anyone else who supports the Arsenal. I suspect even more.