The future of Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is up in the air amidst reports of a long-term injury – which in no uncertain terms has ‘crocked’ the Spaniard – and rumours of his departure from The Emirates.
Cazorla’s place in a hotly competitive Arsenal midfield has come under fire, and while he still remains a key player for the club, he is no longer seeing the kind of game time that he once did in North London.
Last season he made only 7 starts in the Premier League for the Gunners, albeit he did spend time out injured, but even the season before he made only 21 appearances in all competitions. Compare to that to the previous season in which he was arguably the club’s best player in their FA Cup winning campaign, gracing the field 53 times, and it is pretty dismal reading.
Santi has had some brilliant moments with the Gunners. Lifting three FA Cups, and of course scoring a superb free-kick in the final of 2014/15 against Hull, the Spain international who has earned a brilliant 77 caps for his country, has scored nearly 30 times in just under 200 appearances for the Gunners. However his impact is dwindling and there is no denying it.
His magic feet, excellent vision and most of all passion for the time is something that Arsenal fans have long admired, but with game time and effectiveness slowly capitulating, it is likely that the 32-year-old will search for pastures new this summer.
If he does, it will be a very sad goodbye from Gooners everywhere.