Ok, we know he’s not officially an Arsenal player anymore, but are you going to complain if we do a story about Santi Cazorla? Of course not.
Well, there’s always one or two, but our advice to you guys is just don’t read any further, go outside, get some fresh air and think about life. Come back later and there’ll be a story you might like better. Or not. I mean, if this doesn’t make you happy, there’s no hope.
Anyway, Santi has been brought into the Spanish squad for the first time in four years, having gone through an absolute nightmare with injury and infection. He was out of the game for 18 months after limping off during a Champions League game against Ludogorets in October 2016, and some experts cast doubt on his ability to even walk properly again, let alone play football.
He returned to his former club Villarreal last summer, and this season has made 45 appearances, scoring 7 goals and providing 11 assists. You’d have to have a cold, cold heart not to enjoy seeing him back on the pitch again having lost such a significant chunk of his career.
To then have his season capped with a return to the Spain squad is brilliant to see, and the 34 year reportedly burst into tears when he was given the news.
It’s a shame we never got to say a proper goodbye to him as he left without ever pulling on the shirt again, but there’s no lack of affection from Arsenal fans towards him.
His recall also comes on the 5th anniversary of our 3-2 win over Hull City in the 2014 FA Cup final. The game had started so badly for us, but Cazorla started the comeback with a magnificent free kick, before goals from Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey ended our trophy drought.
Given the day that’s in it, we might as well watch the highlights, and well done to Santi, what a man!