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.”
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.”