According to the Mirror and Spanish TV, Arsenal’s veteran midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to return to Spanish club Villarreal this summer after 18 months of injury hell in north London.
The reports claim that Cazorla is set to return to his former club and that the Yellow Submarine are in ‘advanced negotiations’ to sign the 33-year-old this summer. There is even a claim that he is ready to link up with Javi Calleja’s team in July for pre-season training.
A nightmare 18 months for Cazorla
Santi Cazorla has almost become the forgotten man at Arsenal. The Spaniard has spent the last 18 months sidelined due to an Achilles injury. Earlier this season it was speculated in the media that the midfielder would never play football again.
However, he has stepped up his recovery in recent weeks and it was hoped that he would play for the Gunners before the season ended. Unfortunately, he did not quite make it back in time to turn out for Arsene Wenger’s side this season.
Out of contract this summer
Cazorla is out-of-contract this summer, which means he can move on if he wishes. It seems unlikely he will stay in north London, despite reportedly being offered a coaching role at the club by prospective new Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
The injury is likely to have taken a massive toll on Cazorla’s body, so the midfielder is unlikely to return to the form he had produced on such a consistent basis prior to his injury woes.
A return to Villarreal could be a perfect solution for the Spaniard this summer, who understandably wants to prolong his playing career as long as he can following his injury problems.
Cazorla will go with Arsenal fans blessings
Santi Cazorla was a top player in his prime at Arsenal. He had such majestic vision and football brain. His injury has been suggested by some as one of the reasons the Gunners have struggled to make the top-four in the last few seasons.
Even if he did return, he will not be the same player who was once so influential for the Gunners a few seasons ago. However, Arsenal fans have fond memories of the veteran Spanish star.
No doubt, if he does leave the north London club this summer, Cazorla will go with the majority of Arsenal fans blessings and well wishes. He has been a top servant to the club and if it were not for his injury problems could probably have extended his Gunners career.
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