Transfer Update: Arsenal’s ‘midfield maestro’ in advanced talks to return to his former club

Santi Cazorla's much-awaited Arsenal return seems increasingly unlikely to happen.


It’s not a time to celebrate for the Arsenal fans who recently bid adieu to their iconic gaffer Arsene Wenger and are not enough content with the appointment of inexperienced Mikel Arteta as his successor. But the latest reports regarding Santi Cazorla are indeed baffling and have sent the supporters in further misery already.

The 33-year-old Spaniard is a fan favourite at Emirates which has not decreased a bit despite his nightmarish injury absence since October 2016. 10 operations and a skin graft finally brought him back on the pitch when he was seen practising the last month and the fans were excited to see their ‘midfield maestro’ next season once more. His contract ends this summer, however, the reports are suggesting that Cazorla is not likely to wear the Gunners shirt again amid interest from his former side Villarreal who are willing to bring him back to his country.

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“But at the moment what I’ve said is that there are advanced negotiations between Santi Cazorla and Villarreal for the player to spend pre-season with the club. He will be a free agent.”

Stated Marcos Senna, a Villarreal and Espana legend and Cazorla’s former teammate during his both the spells with the Yellow Submarine. Wenger, meanwhile, wished to hand the Spaniard a contract extension before his egress and the players, too, admire him for his excellence on the pitch.

Arteta played four seasons together with Cazorla at Arsenal before retiring and joining Pep Guardiola’s coaching panel last season at the Etihad. He would have loved to reunite with his former midfield partner in a different role but a return to Spain is more likely now as the player is expected to leave Arsenal next month when his contract will expire. The club is going through a difficult phase and a failure to secure a ‘top four’ finish on back-to-back occasions has troubled them to lure in the top names of world football. A veteran of Cazorla’s stature enhances their midfield strength, but his departure will be a massive setback in spite of an absence from football for quite a lengthy spell.