Ex-Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has told Goal that he would love to play just one more game for the Gunners.
The 35-year-old departed the Emirates Stadium in 2018 ending a six-year association with the club to sign for Villarreal.
Cazorla suffered a serious Achilles injury that threatened to curtail his career but ultimately he fought back.
In six years at Arsenal, he scored 29 goals and registered 45 assists in 180 appearances.
A pretty successful career has seen him win the FA Cup twice and also lift the European Championships with Spain twice.
Cazorla is enjoying a great season at Villarreal. He has netted nine goals and registered five assists and has worn the captain’s armband on occasions.
There seems little doubt that he would jump at a chance of an Arsenal return, however.
He told Goal: “I don’t know if it’s possible or not, but I want to play one more game for Arsenal before I retire. It was a deep regret that I could never have a proper goodbye.
“Arsenal was the biggest club I ever played for. I’m proud that I was an Arsenal player. I’m especially grateful for the Arsenal fans who supported me even after I left the club.”
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Despite his age, there is little doubt that a player boasting the creative brilliance of Cazorla would waltz into the current Arsenal team.
Mesut Ozil has looked a lot better of late but Cazorla’s presence in central midfield behind the German could be beautiful.
It does seem extremely unlikely that the man with 81 caps will be an Arsenal target.
Nonetheless, it’s a nice thought to see what Cazorla could bring to the current Arsenal side.
Injuries scuppered his chances of a proper goodbye but Arsenal fans will surely be delighted that he has revived his career.
Right now, he is enjoying his football and it’s fair to say Gunners supporters will never forget his efforts at the Emirates.