Santi Cazorla was possibly one of the signings of last season, making an impressive and dramatic impact in his first season with Arsenal which instantly made him a favourite with plenty of fans.
Unfortunately that impact has also led to links with Real Madrid, who will now be looking to shake things up in a big way following Jose Mourinho’s exit and Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment.
Cazorla is the sort of player who would be perfect controlling the midfield of a side like Real Madrid, who arguably have greater chances of domestic and European success than the Gunners.
However, it doesn’t look like Cazorla will ever have that opportunity because he’s made it clear he wants to win the Premier League title and other pieces of silverware with his current employers.
“This season we hope we can be even better and win trophies and the supporters can enjoy it, that is what Arsenal really wants,” said the Spaniard.
It’s actually quite refreshing to see such a talented player show that sort of commitment when he could easily jump ship and go to a side where he has a better chance of winning medals.
Arsenal will be up there around the top four again next season but whether they can mount a genuine challenge for the Premier League title is questionable.
On the one hand it’s going to be very difficult because the playing field has been leveled between Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea which is going to make them all determined to strengthen their grip on English football.
On the other hand that’s something Arsenal could work in their favour. Arsene Wenger is in a gifted position where, out of all the sides that have a chance of getting anywhere near the title, he’s been in place for longer.
Arsenal are also in a solid financial position which allows them to go after any target they can convince to come to North London in the first place.
Cazorla seems to be putting a lot of faith in his current team because if he’s a player who is all about medals, he couldn’t be blamed for looking outside North London and going to Spain.
He may have sensed the pressure around North London at the moment because if Arsenal don’t win a trophy in the coming season, there are going to be a lot of unhappy fans.
It’s all geared up towards being a very important campaign for the Gunners and Cazorla’s decision to flat ignore Real Madrid could turn out to be a little piece of genius.
What do you think? Are you happy with Cazorla’s levels of commitment?
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