Santi Cazorla ended his time with Villarreal last night, and for many Arsenal supporters rumours that he might be joining up with former teammate Mikel Arteta in a coaching role sound very nice indeed.
That’s not the case, not yet anyway, as it has been announced that he’ll be joining Al Saad in Qatar, the team managed by world renowned scientist and DNA expert, Xavi.
The Arsenal boss said ‘not yet’ to the question of discussions over a role with him in North London, and spoke warmly about a someone he played alongside at the Emirates.
“My opinion of Santi cannot be any higher,” he said.
“Personally, first, with the type of person he is and what he brings to that dressing room, but then also as a player for what he did throughout his career.
“About the coaching role and the future, we will see what happens. Right now, he’s just finished … so let him enjoy that moment and we’ll see what happens in the future.”
Santi’s departure from Villarreal comes at almost the same time as stories reporting Unai Emery is in talks to become the new manager at Estadio de la Cerámica.
The former Arsenal boss has been biding his time over his next job, and looks to have landed on his feet at a very good club who will play Europa League football next season – perhaps part of why he’s been brought in.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal will join them in the that tournament, with two routes still open for qualification.