Santi Cazorla is hoping to return to Arsenal at some stage in a few possible capacities as the veteran ponders his future options.
Santi Cazorla is a cult figure among the Arsenal fanbase after some brilliant footballing years at the Emirates. He was one of the signings that brought joy, and the Spaniard showcased his brilliance on the pitch.
Cazorla is remembered for his dazzling footwork and glorious performances, especially for the away victory over Man City. Arsenal have not won at the Etihad since that game. In the ensuing years since he left, the club have sorely missed his qualities on the pitch.
In the dressing room, he was a vitalising figure. Mikel Arteta has previously spoken about his friendship with Cazorla and the effect he had in the dressing room. The Arsenal boss may have also highlighted the door remained open for the veteran to return, about which Cazorla has been thinking for some time now.
Many, including Cazorla, felt his time at Arsenal was not fulfilled. The enigmatic Spaniard suffered from constant injury troubles. Those became serious enough for him to miss entire seasons. While many believed those problems would lead him to hang up his boots prematurely, the Spaniard continued playing on.
After a brief spell at Villarreal, he joined Qatari side Al Sadd, where his contract expires in the summer. Cazorla has always spoken about returning to Arsenal in some capacity, and now in an interview with the Daily Mail, he reiterated the stance as those comments appeared on AS.
Cazorla said, “I have to start thinking about that. I don’t know if as a coach, assistant coach, or sports director. My dream was to play for more and more years for Arsenal. Of course, I would like to go back. I have to wait if the club thinks of me and if I can help in something as a coach or sports director.”
As a club, Arsenal always expands on and off the field. If Arteta feels Cazorla’s return could have a sparkling effect, the doors could open for the Spaniard to come back.
For now, Cazorla will remain focused on his duties with Al Sadd. He could think about retiring from playing football when the season ends and his contract expires.