It was a love affair that sadly ended abruptly, leaving both parties, the fans and the player, with a great deal of unresolved business. Cazorla was embraced by Arsenal fans, from his first appearance in red and white. The magical little playmaker was adored because his natural game is the type that the Gunners faithful associate with their club.
It’s a style that is comprised of artistry, flair, freedom of expression and grace. His football was played with the joy and passion of a dedicated professional that exuded everything good about the game.
Sadly, he departed after an horrendous injury to his Achilles in 2016/17, which nearly cost him his leg. As he hobbled off the field after a superb 6-0 win over Ludogorets Razgrad, no one ever imagined that he wouldn’t return.
In 2017/18, he was released rather embarrassingly by the new regime at Arsenal with no regard for the player, his efforts over a period of six year or for the supporters. He was pushed out the side door with little ceremony or thanks and it became as annoying as the time Denis Bergkamp had to almost beg for another year on his contract.
So with this in mind, supporters have always wanted to show their appreciation for the Spaniard, who battled back to his best for Villarreal. Now it seems that this fond farewell may become a reality and according to recent rumours, Raul Sanllehi will head the campaign to make it happen.
Arsenal fans have had little to cheer about in the last four or five years after relinquishing their top six position and more importantly, losing their identity. Cazorla’s appearance would be tantamount to meeting up with an old flame to discuss happier times.
Arsenal and Cazorla were football’s equivalent of a perfect marriage and the chemistry was undeniable. For fans to just see him in the Arsenal colours would be an occasion worthy of silverware. The only shame would be that it would be final but at 35, it is somewhat inevitable.
If only they could take him for one last season under Arteta, that’s what fans would really love. I’d rather watch Cazorla weave his magic in the midfield on a wet Monday at the Emirates than Ozil or Ceballos. Come on home Santi, we’ve missed you.