Guillem Balague has shared on his own YouTube channel the response he received when he asked Santi Cazorla whether he would be interested in returning to Arsenal in the future.
Cazorla is unquestionably one of the most gifted players the Gunners have had during the Premier League era. The 35-year-old made 180 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 29 times.
Unfortunately, injury plagued his final couple of years with Arsenal. So the fans would be forgiven for feeling that he left North London in 2018 with unfinished business.
He has since enjoyed a superb spell with Villarreal. Despite being well into the twilight of his career, he has scored eight goals and provided six assists in La Liga this season.
However, there is a question mark hanging over his future right now. Transfermarkt shows that his contract expires in the summer.
There may well be plenty of Arsenal fans who would welcome Cazorla back for one final spell. And, while Balague seemed to suggest that a return to the Gunners’ squad was unlikely for the magician, he did hint that Cazorla does have his sights set on coming back to the Emirates at some stage in the future.
‘Something that I think he would consider’
“It’s interesting because I spoke to Santi not so long ago and he hasn’t renewed his contract with Villarreal which finishes at the end of the season,” he said on YouTube.
“What may happen, he wants two more years playing. Now, going back to Arsenal where Mikel Arteta is, is something that I think he would consider as a coach. I asked him about it, he said yes, he would consider it as a coach when he retires.
“But he wants to play for two more years. And I tell you what, Mikel Arteta and Cazorla together, really good friends first of all, but really good, special minds.”
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Given the impact Mikel Arteta has made since being appointed, it is not difficult to see why Balague is confident that Cazorla could be an inspired addition to his staff.
Arteta has clearly got the side moving in the right direction after they looked lost under Unai Emery. So you could understand why the fans may be excited about what Arteta may be able to do with a full summer behind him.
And if he is able to add Cazorla to his ranks in the next couple of years, and the midfielder is able to have anything like the impact he had on the club on the pitch, then bringing him as a coach could be as significant as making a marquee signing for the Gunners.