Surely Arsenal would not let Santi Cazorla leave after just one season at the Emirates?
A Spanish news report has claimed the player has agreed terms with Atletico Madrid with a view to a potential transfer, with club president Miguel Angel Gil in London to discuss a move with Arsenal.
Te Interesa report that Cazorla would be 'happy' to wear the red and white shirt of Atletico, with their headline stating: Cazorla is very close to becoming a new player of Atletico Madrid
Their article states: "The agreement with the Asturian player is complete and just needs Miguél Angel Gil, located in London to agree with the board (of the) Gunners the amount of the transaction."
Despite signing David Villa, Atletico have a substantial amount of cash available to spend following the €60 million sale of Falcao to Monaco.
For Arsenal the option of selling Cazorla is surely non-negotiable. The Spaniard was their star player last season, and settled instantly to the Premier League.
He should be seen as the creative fulcrum the team needs to build around, and any modest profit Arsenal make from his sale would surely be worthless.
Having seen star players depart in recent seasons, Arsenal had seemed assured that there would be no big name departures, only star additions.
If the Spanish international is allowed back to his homeland, it could mark an all-time low in the trust between supporters and the Arsenal board.
Now is very much the time for Arsenal to stand firm.
What do you make of the report, are you concerned?
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