If there’s one Arsenal player over the last decade that didn’t come under regular criticism, it’s Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard is still a fan favourite in and around the Emirates even though it’s been close to three years since he left.
Cazorla spent six seasons at Arsenal and played 180 games for us in all competitions. He scored 29 goals, provided 45 assists and won two FA Cups and two Community Shields.
Injuries brought a sad end to his time at the Emirates and the fact that he didn’t get a proper farewell disappointed everyone. However, he still has fond memories about his time here and he has today opened the door to a potential return as a coach alongside Mikel Arteta.
Cazorla told AS: “Mikel was very important when I came to Arsenal. He did not speak the language and he was the only Spanish. It helped me a lot, both he and his family. We were two soccer patients, we watched games and he already had that coaching gene.”
“It (returning to Arsenal as a coach) is something that I would value tomorrow, now I do not consider it.”
“If I am given the opportunity and he believes that I can help him, it is something that I would not mind and would leave the door open to enjoy that experience with him. But there is nothing for today, it will be seen.”
Arsenal fans would love Santi back
Cazorla was a really popular figure at Arsenal during his time here. The players, staff and the fans loved him and that will not change if he decides to come back.
Arteta has his team set at the moment but bringing someone like Cazorla in is never a bad idea. The Spaniard has bags of experience at the top level and he can be a real help to all our young players.
Arsenal fans would love to have Cazorla back at the Emirates in some capacity. Here’s how a few of them reacted to his comments on Twitter.