|Desc||Perhaps one of the most universally popular players to have ever played for Arsenal FC. The little Spaniard instantly won over fans with his performances over several seasons, striking up an excellent partnership with Francis Coquelin|
|Santi Cazorla has only spent two seasons with Arsenal, but already many fans will swear they’ve never seen a more gifted player wear the shirt. Cazorla is truly two-footed, audaciously taking set pieces with both feet. He spins away from defenders with such ease that at times it looks as if the ball is glued to his feet. Few players have excited the Arsenal fans like the diminutive Spaniard|
|Org||Spain National Team|
|Club as Player||Villarreal|
2012 08 20 Retrieve
[New boy Cazorla says Arsenal must replace Van Persie and Song] It’s clear that Van Persie is a great player and obviously we would all have preferred it if he had stayed. Song has gone as well and there are still 10 days left in the transfer market
I do not know if we will sign anyone but obviously it’s important to replace players like that because they were so important for the team.
It felt really good making my debut. Of course, it was not the result any of us wanted, but we had chances and we did well.
It’s a long season, so we can build on this. I had one chance and so did a few of my colleagues and that was the key to the game. We had complete control but that final step just eluded us
2017 11 03 Retrieve
[Santi Cazorla reveals how injury almost led to foot amputation] The medical professionals told me it was OK, the problem was that it did not heal and the wounds would reopen, and become infected. He saw that I had a tremendous infection, that I had damaged part of the calcaneus bone and it had eaten the achilles tendon. There was eight centimetres of it missing
[Cazorla, having undergone a last bout of reconstructive surgery on the injured tendon in May, is now on the road to recovery. Having signed a recent contract extension that ties him to Arsenal until June 2018, he hopes to play for Arsène Wenger’s side again in January] Everything that I have gone through has not been as simple an injury as people have believed. Nobody trusted me but I do, I still do, although the pain keeps me cautious
2018 08 11 Retrieve
[Santi Cazorla speaks after being unveiled at Villarreal in quite a unique fashion] I am eternally grateful to Villarreal for giving me unconditional support during these two years and always opening the doors for me. It’s a club that for me is an example and that always does things well despite the difficulties. I’ve always said that giving up was not an option. It is true that I still have some pains that prevent me from being 100 per cent, but I work daily to remove them. Every day I have better feelings, but I am very demanding and I want to keep improving. Now it’s time to give everything for this shirt and this club
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[Santi Cazorla talks about his exit from Arsenal FC] When you are at a big club like Arsenal, sometimes you don’t realise what it means to be there until you are gone. I never got to say a proper goodbye. It was the biggest team I played for in my career and I miss everything about Arsenal
I don’t know what my legacy is there, you would have to ask the fans, but I want to say thank you to them all. I would like to play at the Emirates one last time before I retire
I don’t know what I will do afterwards – maybe a coach, maybe a sporting director – but I would love to go back to Arsenal. I lived in London for six years. My son loved it there. In the future, we will see if I have the possibility
2020 02 14 Retrieve
[Santi Cazorla reveals he has held discussions with former club Arsenal over moves for Villareal duo Pau Torres and Samuel Chukwueze] They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premiership tomorrow. It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone here.
They still have to take steps forward. They both have a great personality, and their feet are on the ground.
In Pau’s case he hears constant talk of [Manchester] City or Barcelona, but he is aware that he has to keep growing as a player and that in the future we will see where he can go
I never plan anything long-term, let alone at 35 years of age. I will finish the season and see what my body tells me because every day I wake up the sensations are different
I always said that I was returning here to play at my best level and when I see that I am not at 80% I will step aside and give way to younger players