Video: Santi Cazorla saves Villarreal with 96th minute equaliser

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We know Santi Cazorla isn’t an Arsenal player anymore, but you’d have to have a heart made of stone not to be delighted for him after he scored his first goal in over two years to grab a point for Villarreal in their Europa League clash with Spartak Moscow.

The Spanish side were losing 3-2 when late in injury time they were awarded a penalty. Up stepped the former Arsenal man to equalise, the first time he’s found the net since September 2016.

Coincidentally, that also came from the spot as he kept his nerve to score a 90th minute winner for us against Southampton at the Emirates.

You can watch Santi score the penalty here.

After everything he’s been through with that horrendous injury, it’s a good news story to see him back on the scoresheet, and hopefully it’s the first of many as he makes up for lost time.

It was sad that we never got to say a proper goodbye to a player who was so popular during his time with us, but maybe the fixture gods will do what they did for Robert Pires some years ago, and draw us against Villarreal as the Europa League progresses (it was CL for Pires, obviously).

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Jack but

Happy to hear about santi success

Runcorn Gooner

Never know we may draw Villarreal in the knockout stages and have a proper farewell visit.

Ram

Guy only scored a penalty and the wankfest begins.If he weren’t injured he would have been considerd another denilson.Injury covers up shortcomings and makes people believe “If only x waas here,he would’ve fixed everything” but that’s not how it works.before his injuries began he was getting regularly lambasted for his performances.made a career out of that one game vs city.But still,HE SMILES!!! WHAT A NICE GUY!!! if only ramsey had that charm people would call him second coming of Pele.It’s a game,not a beauty contest.merit should dictate how one is viewed.

Briggsyeee

If it’s not a troll then it must have a very sad, lonely and desperately native life. Sad either way.

Briggsyeee

*negative

Samgunz

So is the wankfest still going or did I miss it?

Twatsloch

Blogs, with all due respect, you need to drop the banhammer on this one.

Irrational Gunner

Thank you for this post, Blogs. We have enough people showing their behinds here, and you saved me from showing mine.

arsepedant

Well said, Blogs. Does this mean you’ve finally banned the John Terry?

Tapps

I’m having a great deal of difficulty remembering him being ‘regularly lambasted’. Can’t remember it happening even once, to be honest…..

Gooner Reg

What Arseblog just said.

Kabu

You’re not an arsenal fan, are you?

Paul Roberts

I’m guessing “Ram” stands for rapid anus movement?

brian

it is very clear just like daylight that you have never seen or watched the Spanish magician play football or youve seen just 2 games of him playing or even better , you watched him play from your radio and not your tv.

Twisted cuntloks

He deserves all the success shame the vid has been removed tho

Mega

I mean whoever the fella was that won the pen it was a ludicrous dive… but I’m super happy for Santi that he gets to enjoy this Indian summer after such an awful time of things.

And still sad it’s not with us. I understand I guess, but….. ?

Wolf

That fella who won the penalty was no other than Jose Funes Mori, formerly of Everton. The song the Toffees had for him always makes me smile somehow: “What’s the story, Funes Mori?”

Simon Ryder

It’s kind of what happens when you get tripped and pushed at the same time…..while trying to get a shot away. The defender knew exactly what he was doing.

Big salute to Santi!

wash_dc_gunner

I would be more than ok if Arseblog updates us whenever Santi does something of note!

KongoKim

also, ryo myaichi scored in a friendly for St. Pauli on his combeack two weeks ago.

Maul Person

Okay let’s not push it now! ?

Wolf

Hey, he even scored the winning goal in a league match shortly after. No stopping Ryo now!

KongoKim

my mistake, it was the league match gainst Ingolstadt aaaaand it was a header!

Homer

Agreed. I love the Cazorla news.
If I had kids, I’d name them all Santi Cazorla.

lettra

This is just awesome so happy for him he deserves this ,and love that we still have “Santi watch” even the Spörs fans I know have love for that guy.

LEFT08

I know footballers are filthy rich now and everything, but surely a testimonial for Santi would be something we’d pack the Emirates to watch.

thw14

Have a statue. Have two.

One of him after scoring that FA Cup final free kick. And an animatronic one of him doing that little jig.

Benriz

That Free Kick! OOOoosh! Thanks for reminding me, I needed that today!

Evang. Simon

Once a magician will always remain a magician….

Sean Twomey

Goosebumps, tears in my eyes. The stuff he’s gone through and come out the other side fighting is incredibly heartwarming.

Santi will hold special place in my Arsenal heart forever.

afan

Hmmm, arseblog doing a blog for Villarreal aswell

A Different George

It’s your blog, Blogs, not mine, but I think you might consider “afan” in the same category as “Ram.”

Caught in two minds

Just let them be. Otherwise they will be back under different names. At least this way we know which two trolls to ignore and not waste time reading their comments….!

arsepedant

This is the other one you really need to get rid of, Blogs.

Joe

Love this guy

shokim

It’s great to see our little magician doing well again.

alderweireld science

If you don’t love Santi, you are dead inside

Mpls

Or a troll, as we’ve seen a couple incidences of above.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Not just a goal, a meaningful goal. Happy for him.

Bertieme

Thanks Blogs. It’s a quality pen as well.

santori

My fav.

Just a superb player all round.

Torreira has some of his traits but the two footedness of Santi makes him so much more dangerous and he got pivot his way out of any trouble.

Qais

I miss his runs and passes. No one really has his vision right now at the Emirates

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Just watching the pre-match interview with Unai Emery and realised he looks exactly like Santi Cazorla without the perma-smile. The spirit of Santi lives on in the squad.