Santi Cazorla says a proper farewell to Arsenal is something he still wants to achieve before he retires, having departed the club after not playing for over 18 months.
We all know the injury problems he had, and having been a fan favourite since his 2012 arrival from Malaga, it was sad for fans and for the player not to be able to have a proper goodbye.
He did the lap of honour on the final home game in 2018 before joining his former club Villarreal, but his final appearance in red and white came in October 2016.
“It was frustrating to not be able to say goodbye to a club who treated me so well,” he told the BBC.
“It is something left in my career to say goodbye properly. I am eternally grateful to the club and the fans for the way they continue to treat me.”
Earlier this week at the Fan’s Forum meeting, Head of Football Raul Sanllehi spoke about the desire for Gooners to see Santi again and suggested it was something the club would explore.
“I’m good friends with his agent, so we’ll look into that,” said Sanllehi.
Santi also backed his former teammate Mikel Arteta who took over as manager in December.
“Arteta deserves to the the boss,” he said. “He was always a leader in the dressing room. It was the right decision to put him in as manager – it made sense and he has everything you need for the job.
“I hope he takes Arsenal up the table.”
We all do, and hopefully we can arrange something which allows the long overdue goodbye between Cazorla and the fans to take place.