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Name Santi Cazorla
Gender Male
Nationality UK
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
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

Affiliation

Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Villarreal
  Arsenal FC
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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 10 04 Retrieve

[How former Arsenal ace Santi Cazorla resurrected his career at Villarreal after injury nightmare] They told me, ‘If you get to walk again with your son in the garden, be satisfied. [They] 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!

[Instead, Cazorla fought tooth and nail for nearly two years – saying goodbye to the Emirates in the process – in order to return to the pitch] I always felt the support of everyone from Arsenal: if there’s something I’ve taken away from there above all else, it’s the fans’ affection. The thorn in my side, the regret, is not having been able to say goodbye on the field, the way I’d have liked

[Even more remarkably, he earned a Spain recall in May and made his first international appearance for 1302 days when he started in a 4-1 win over Faroe Islands the following month] Playing a single game at a top level was a very long way off, so imagine the national team… Unthinkable. This was difficult for me to take in, so unexpected after everything I’d been through. Now I take it as a new challenge, a new hope. I’m here for purely sporting reasons. They said that to me, ‘It’s what you bring’. Maybe it’s more special in my case, because of the injury, but that’s not the reason I’m here, although it could be an example for players my age – don’t give up. There have been all sorts of moments, times you consider throwing in the towel, but I knew it was a long run and if I didn’t make it, I didn’t want to blame myself or think I could have done more

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Cazorla hoping to make Arsenal return after missing the chance to say ‘a proper goodbye’] 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

Unai Emery is a good coach and it’s a very good team, I watch them play often, but he needs time. It’s a new generation and it’s very difficult to compete against teams like Man City and Liverpool. It’s difficult to know [why the club has stalled]. They have the players, they have the fans, the stadium, they have everything to do it but they have to believe it

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 01 23 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has backed Mikel Arteta to become a great coach at the club] Yes, I believed he would become a manager in the future. Even when I was playing with him, he showed great leadership in dressing room. Some say it’s a gamble for Arsenal to appoint him, but I believe it’s a reasonable challenge. He also worked as a coach under Pep Guardiola. I believe he can become a great coach

It’s not easy for any manager now to be like [Arsene] Wenger or [Sir Alex] Ferguson. I can’t anticipate how long he’ll stay at Arsenal, but I believe he can also make great career at Arsenal, and he’s a proper one for Arsenal. I hope Mikel leads Arsenal well

[His final three years in the English capital were plagued by injury and he feels he still has unfinished business at the club] I don’t know if it’s possible or not, but I want to play one more game for Arsenal before I retire. It was a deep regret that I could never have a proper goodbye. Arsenal was the biggest club I ever played for. I’m proud that I was an Arsenal player. I’m especially grateful for Arsenal fans who supported me even after I left the club. I wish I can be part of the Gunners family in the future again

[Cazorla has scored nine goals in the 20 appearances he has made for Villarreal] If my form is good, that’s thanks to my club, Villareal. Many people are helping me, and I’m grateful for my club. Our aim for this season is to return to European competition for sure. We have done well in Europe in the past, and I believe we can do well now, too

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

2020 02 14b Retrieve

[Santi Cazorla has revealed that current Villarreal team-mates Pau Torres and Samuel Chukwueze are potential targets for his former club Arsenal] Yes, friends from Arsenal especially. 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. At the moment I am happy, but the age shows, injuries can happen and it gets harder and harder. I will not make any decision right now, but it is clear that playing in Europe is attractive for any player. I will decide this summer