Before news came out of this, missing persons posters were a must for Santi Cazorla. Missing from the Emirates during Wenger’s final spell looks as if it’s to extend permanently, for the once nimble Spaniard.
There’s been a clearance sale at the Emirates, less 20%, less 40%, less 60%, less 80%, released. Arsenal has been working swiftly and steadily behind closed doors. Having acquired new ammo for attacking reasons during the winter window, the reverse of attaining new players is taking place, as they let go of forgotten heroes.
A once important part to Wenger’s midfield became surplus of requirement to the team and Wenger. The last this man featured, Wenger’s resignation was only a song fans sung from the stand. Back in the season of 2016-2017, Santi made just eight appearances for the Gunners in the Premier League campaign.
Out the eight fixtures, the Spanish midfielder still managed to score two goals. He also featured for the club in their final showing in the Champions League, with three games, contributing nothing and everything to their exit from the cup.
As time wore on, so did the image of Santi Cazorla fade away
After the 2016-2017 season ended, it wasn’t clear if the player was going to move on or stay. However, after the summer window closed, it was clear he was there to run his contract out, or state a case and force a contract renewal.
Sadly, two seasons ago was the last we would see of Santi in the Premier League. Out the 38 games played throughout the campaign, the Spaniard failed to play in any of them. Something surprising to say the least. No game time, certainly was an abrupt end to cap off a stella career at the Emirates.
The nibble mid, scored 35 goals while adding 40 assists to his name – during his time at the North London club. The way he moved the ball and attacked free space – was key to a strong Arsenal attack. When he was firing on all cylinders, the whole team followed suit.
Rumours now have stated, he will perhaps join his previous club, Villarreal at the end of the season. If he’s out of the Gunners chamber, who’s the replacement? Good luck to one of the most exciting midfielders to grace the Premier League in the last four to five years.