There has been a lot of talk surrounding Arsenal’s Spanish magician Santi Cazorla and although he has confirmed that he is happy to remain with the Gunners, you can never be too sure in football these days. Now I don’t want to cause a major debate or argument because it’s highly unlikely that Cazorla will be joining the much interested Atletico Madrid, however should another offer come around can you be certain he won’t leave?
Before we go any further here are the quotes, in which he states his response to the on-going reports surrounding the Spaniard with a move back to his homeland with Athletico Madrid.
Cazorla said, “There has been a lot of speculation about a move to Atletico Madrid but I’m very happy at Arsenal, I have a contract there and I start training on Monday. Perhaps I will return to Spain one day, but right now it’s very unlikely.”
So we can all be relieved at the fact he won’t be leaving us for his currently interested suitors however there is a few things I wish to pinpoint about these quotes and what it would mean for Arsenal. Cazorla is in his prime right now and at 28 he will soon be approaching his last big contract, which is usually offered around 29 or 30. Also at that age, it tends to be the last few years of your career at the very top level and if I’m correct Cazorla is yet to win anything at club level. If an offer came from Barcelona or Real Madrid, I could see him seriously considering it and as a very talented player I would not be surprised if this happened.
Now like I said, I don’t want to cause controversy but I’m simply saying that any move away from Arsenal this summer by Cazorla, or in fact any other top player at the club, would be the final nail in the coffin confirming that we have no real statement of intent or ambition, and lastly that we have simply become a selling club.
Ever since the Invincibles squad began to depart, every player to leave has gathered success one way or another and ultimately the latest departures of Van Persie, Nasri and Fabregas has labelled us as a selling club and one in decline and if anything that’s what I fear most because it could lead to a spiral of events that leaves us down with the likes of Liverpool for some time.