Arsene Wenger has made some big decisions in his managerial career and we have seen him make absolute peach of signings in his tenure at Arsenal. One such signing was Santi Cazorla from Malaga in the summer of 2012.
It was the time when Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, both had left the club in order to seek trophies elsewhere leaving the creative bulk of questions unanswered at Arsenal. But then there was the signing of Cazorla, who was not much popular then, but today, the Little Magician is a huge fan favourite amongst the Arsenal faithfuls.
Santi Cazorla, alongside the German Lukas Podolski arrived at the Emirates with a hell lot of responsibilities on their shoulders. The 33 year old Spaniard scored 25 goals for the club and became an everpresent in the starting line up after his shift to the Number 6 role in midfield, before picking up an Achilles injury which has ruled him out of action since last 19 months.
Santi Cazorla (2012/13) – The Little Wizard – pic.twitter.com/BWXVZuDyR8
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During his years at Arsenal, he has always simply been a joy to watch. His vision, passing capabilities, dribbling ability and intelligence had made him a perfect man to have in the middle of the park. It was due to him that the Arsenal midfield ticked and flourished, his partnership with Coquelin which we named as the Creator-Destroyer pair, was simply beautiful to watch.
But ever since his injury, it is clearly visible that Arsenal have been unstable in the middle and have dominated games minimal number of times. In any case, there was good news last week when the diminutive magician was spotted training at the Emirates ahead of the game vs Atletico after which Santi Cazorla himself confirmed that he is feeling good again and is doing light sessions.
The midfield maestro is targeting to get few minutes under his belt right before the season draws to a close, but alas it seems all too late now.
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With Wenger leaving at the end of season and Cazorla having just a few months left on his contract, it is very difficult to see Santi playing for the gunners again.
“I’ve still got some way to go, because after being sidelined for 18 months, everything has to be done in its own time. But the sensations I have keep getting better and I’m feeling optimistic about the future”
Personally as an Arsenal fan, I would like to see Santi Cazorla play for Arsenal one last time and then call it a day, but I’m led to believe I’m asking too much from the little Spaniard.
“The objective is to play some part with the team before the season ends, but we have to take things carefully.” ,
He may sound too optimistic here, but somewhere down his heart, he knows that it’s a little too late for him to be up there and captain the club again.
For him to be fully fit and raring to go he needs a full preseason and a few practice matches under his belt before the manager who ever that may be can consider him fit and able for starting. Its not like Arsenal don’t have players to replace him its just that none can completely ever do what he had done so seamlessly for a year and a half before his horrific fight with injury.
In relation to next season, whether the club offer him a new deal for a season or two remains to be seen. But with the number of midfielders Arsenal currently have, I think the odds are against it. Arsenal themselves need to pick up pace and sort out deals for Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere to ensure that their British core remains intact.
We are in dark about Santi Cazorla as of now, but in the near future we can surely see the club offering him a role in the backroom staff. That certainly remains a possibility but however for now its more likely that he will seek to extend his playing career for atleast a couple of years given how hard he has struggled to get himself back and fit again.
Time will tell what exactly the club or Santi Cazorla will choose to do, but for now the club at first need to ensure they make it to the Champions League via the route of Europa League for which they first need to beat Atletico on Thursday after the draw last week in order to provide Santi any sort of chance of appearing before the end of the season given that he is included in the Europa Squad and who knows might even come out of the bench to score the winner !!!!
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