Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Cazorla plans Arteta talks…when he retires

Given the injuries he’s had to overcome, it’s incredible that Santi Cazorla is still playing professional football on the cusp of his 38th birthday.

Granted, he’s not playing at the highest level anymore but the Spaniard seems to have enjoyed his two year stint at Qatar’s Al Sadd.

As he weighs up the prospect of retirement, the midfielder says he has unfinished business at Arsenal and plans to talk to former teammate Mikel Arteta about any opportunities the club might have for a reunion.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “My dream was to play more and more years [for Arsenal].

“Of course I would like to come back. I have to wait if the club thinks about me, if I can help in something – as a coach or a sporting director.

He added: “When I have the idea to retire, I will speak with Mikel or with someone in the club.”

Despite being a crowd favourite at the Emirates throughout his six years at Arsenal, Cazorla’s departure in 2018 was overshadowed by a long spell on the sidelines.

At one point, it looked like he might never kick a football again but after being released by Arsenal – who’d extended his contract by a year to help him focus on his recovery – he found sanctuary at former club Villarreal.

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle as Cazorla produced some of his best form to earn a recall to the Spain squad.

All the same, the fact he wasn’t able to say goodbye to Arsenal on his terms clearly still gnaws at him.

“It was the best time in my career,” he says. “I love everything about the club. I miss everything.”

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James

Genuinely one of the loveliest footballers we’ve ever had. Absolutely insane technician too.

Brady’s bunch

Think we can all agree on that, fantastic footballer. Saw him at Arsene’s last home game he got a great send off from all fans even without being on the pitch.

Funsho Patrick

Could play all attacking positions to world class level of proficiency…then he dropped back a bit and absolutely still killed it!

Tucker

Oh my good god, I can’t think of many things I want to see more than Cazorla as Arteta’s right hand man. Fucking love the guy

Tucker

Also probably gets into my top 3 favourite Arsenal players of the last decade. Was such a joy to watch

Jakeus

In a time when Arsenal did have a lot to remember fondly – he stands tall (yes tall!) in that era. Tasked with replacing Fabregas, no one could’ve done it better.

Would love to see him back – even as a mascot or something. Fully deserves a moment for the fans to show our appreciation.

COArse

Santi-asorus!

John C

I was about to say at a time when I felt next to no connection to any of the team because of the horrendous managed decline into mediocrity, Cazorla was one of the few shining lights.

A joyful player in a team run in a cynical manner

Nachoman

Ever

BillyKrystal

Jack, Per, and Santi! Would be great to have his jovial personality around and I’m sure he has a lot to teach. Let’s get Dennis in there too. Santi and Bergkamp on the bench every game would be incredible.

Tomaury Bischfeld

Right or left, he could be either

MMood

My favorite little moment this summer during the Everton US friendly was singing the Santi Cazorla chant. Will always be one of my favorite players to wear the jersey.

Red Cannon

And one of the best chants, maybe only a half step less enjoyable than the Saliba! chant.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Arteta needs to sign Ronaldo in January if released by Man U. Don’t care the personality, if Arteta can get the best out of him, we will win the league.

arseblog

He is literally the last player on earth we should sign.

Tapps

Surely that award goes to Dele Alli?

Mr positive

Jose get out of here, do u hate us this mush.

A Different George

I disagree. Definitely should sign Ronalso ahead of me. Well, probably.

Goonshow

I don’t know you. I know Ronnie. I’d take you 8 days outa 7.

YaGunnersYa

It’s a no-brainer to sign you ahead of Ronaldo. In both cases it will be like playing with 10 men, but at least you won’t cost the club £500,000 a week.

Goonshow

Even Santi would get more goals… and a much-deserved swansong. C’mon Edu – just get him for 3-4 months… couple of wonderful off-the-bench cameos, even just to bury a few 25m free kicks!
We did for TH – why the hell not?

Tom

Complete nonsense.

Tucker

Everyone’s allowed their opinion, of course they are. This is categorically a poor one though

John C

We’ve just spend 3 years and millions of pounds getting rid of underachieving prima donna’s, why the fuck would we want to add the biggest of them all?!?

Pescatarian

s\ Let’s get Neymar in as well while we’re at it! haha

Pescatarian

We’re gonna win it anyway

Teryima Adi

😳😳😳

Boy Bastin

He was a fine player for us so interesting possibilities certainly. As for coaching, Santi will need to get his coaching badges etc. first and probably some experience elsewhere. For a post as sporting director, who knows? Experience in that capacity again I would have thought. Nothing insurmountable obviously, but I doubt we’ll see him at The Emirates quite yet.

Mikels Arteta

Would be great to see him working with Jack with the u18s

Cobwebs

He can be the smile coach, and will increase our xj (expected joy)

Modha

I can’t think of a player I would like back more. He was so technically gifted, imagine the wisdom he could impart on our team, the skills and methods required.

ChickPEA

In the words of our Swiss maestro, that would be effin’ unbelievable.

ChickPEA

And if the plan is to bring back to the club as many 2012 players as possible, after him, Per, Jack and Mikel, I think I’d go for Nacho 🤩

Granit(e) hard!

Yeah, and Koscielny the boss too while we are at it….fecking love Cazorla though, the little magician

YaGunnersYa

Kos burnt a bridge with the manner of his exit, but I’d welcome back Little Mozart and even HFB back in a heartbeat. Both very underrated during their time at Arsenal.

Goonshow

Los Tres Mousquateros!

Kostas

Even though it sounds ideal speaking from experience it is very rare a good friendship to turn into good business parternship.
I think Mikel is ruthless enough to understand that.

Santi’s Thigh Grab

There are exceptions to every rule and Santi has already proved his exceptional qualities. Arteta would have no issues working w Santi, he already has trust from their time on the pitch. Santi was always everyone’s favorite player in the dressing room for a reason. Top bloke. After Bergkamp, one of my favorite players to wear the badge.

hosehead75

My favorite ever. Bring him and Nacho back just for YouTube clips of the two of them talking and laughing.

Nez

Where’s Tomas Rosicky? Tomas is my favourite.

Ellis McPickle

Me too, loved little Mozart. We seemed to specialize in diminutive technicians for a bit. It was fun when we weren’t getting bullied.

Crash Fistfight

It’s depressing for me as a short-arse that Tomas is considered diminutive – he’s 5’10” (!)

Towelie

He’s a sporting director at his home club Sparta Prague. And he’s not doing a great job. Fans of the club have wanted him gone for a few years. So even though I loved him as a player, I don’t think he would bring anything useful to Arsenal.

truj

According to the Rosicky case Santi’s footballer age is 29 maximum.

Santi’s Thigh Grab

He got a testimonial game, so the fans got to say their goodbyes. Santi hasn’t had that opportunity yet.

Hanning

I remember being at the FA cup final v Hull with the Doris. 2-0 down. Free kick. I turned to the missus and said this could be the start of the comeback. Queue top corner Santi. Followed by me losing my shit and stacking it down 20 steps at Wembley. Broken ankle. Lots of drink. Ultimate comeback. Love the guy.

Arsepedant

Next May, after we clinch the title with a match to spare, we should sign Mertesacker, Wilshere, and Cazorla to one-day contracts for the final match against Wolves. I love all of those guys, and to see them in an Arsenal jersey once more would be wonderful.

BluegrassGooner

Please let this happen in some capacity. Santi is an all time favorite.

Jack

Santi was an amazing Gooner. Will always be loved and his time at Arsenal will always be cherished.

Oddo

I love that man. Such a legend.

thw14

It’ll mean delaying the Mertesacker Cazorla Unlikely Teammates statue by a few years. Worth it.

A Different George

I’ve said this before: I have a great memory of the two of them after the FA Cup final, about the same height. Per was on his knees.

Bergytime

So many memories…but that free kick in the FA cup final and that shift at the Etihad 🥲

Okey

One of the reasons I will forever respect and love Arsene Wenger was his ability to surprise us with world class players that were relatively unknown. The list is endless (Fabregas, Van persie, Alexander hleb, Eduardo Dasilva(Before the injury)Santi Cazorla etc) let us not start with the ones he nearly signed😊 . From the first time Santi kicked the ball for us I was wowed. So sad he had the freakiest of injuries and didn’t get a proper goodbye. I would welcome him back anyday anytime.

TOGooner

Has anyone done a Twitter poll of what Arsenal player, when you think of him/her, gives you the most warm and fuzzies? Cazorla must be top for many I imagine!

Santi’s Thigh Grab

Top of the list for me.

Sean

Oh how I’d love it if we brought back Santi. He should serve as an example to any youngster coming up why it’s so beneficial to be 2-footed. I think with him it was just natural but that trick he used to do when he’d go past a player with the instep of his left or right then immediately control it with his other instep. Not articulating it well but you lot know, should call it the “santi”

Struggle to think of many players that were as 2-footed as him. Genius

Arsenalista

It should be called ‘the gift by Santi’

Heavy Gunner

I have nothing to say, but merely sing at the top of my lungs: Oooooh, Santi Cazorla-join in everybody!!!

Andrew rowberry

I watched the invisibles as a child growing up, but when I could finally afford to go to to watch the Arsenal as a fan, he was genuinely one of the most graceful footballers I have ever seen in flesh. Such a good player, I would be happy to see him back in some capacity at the club. I hope the opportunity comes up for us to give him a job.

Andrew rowberry

Invincibles 😂

Granit(e) hard!

Well, the invisible invincibles sounds kinda cool😁

chepetin

Sadly, I never got to see the invisibles…

Goonshow

Excellent!

AndyPants

One of the few that I’d love to see back at the club helping the squad. His character, temperament and ability would see him walk into this team if he were a younger man. Exactly the kind of player that Arteta would love to have.

If he could help instil even a little of that in the players we have now and in the future, it would be amazing

Tapps

Totally agree. Arteta comes across as quite intense and serious. How good a foil would Santi’s impish grin and joie de vivre be!

Only one Dennis Bergkamp

When I think of Cazorla, the first word that comes to mind is Joy. He was a joy to watch, he exuded that joy and he also felt it in an Arsenal shirt. Special, special player but even more special human being. You’re always a Gunner, Santi. Our doors will always be open for you.

Tristan

I love him. He is my legend.

Determination Cultured

We should at up a friendly game for him.

Determination Cultured

Santi clause is coming back to town

Bobbyt

I feel if he’d stayed fit then we would of won the league when he played for us.

Tom

If we have space, bring him back!!

Aleksander Włodarz

Santi is coming back to the town!

Chris

I’m not crying, you’re crying 😭

Death by 300,000 Passes

We miss you too, Santi!

Goonshow

I still have this fading dream of Santi coming in this January – on a free, with a decent but not ridiculous wage – to grace us with a few Europa and FA Cup cameos, perhaps even more.
If ever – EVER – an Gooner deserved a swansong and testimonial it’s Saint Cazorla the Magnificent

Teryima Adi

Santiago!!!

Rick

Sign him up!!!

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