Cazorla's recent murmurings suggest he is not at Arsenal for the long-term. Would Liverpool or Manchester United be interested or will he return to Spain?
“I want titles and that is why I came to Arsenal," said Spain attacker Santi Cazorla in a revealing interview with Sport360.
Titles are the one thing that continually elude the North London club. Knocked out of the Premier League title race after a 6-0 reality check from Chelsea and eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich means the only chance Arsene Wenger's side have of lifting silverware this season is in the FA Cup.
"We’ve gone many years without winning one," Cazorla added.
Of course, that may soon change. Arsenal are in a strong position in the FA Cup as they compete in the semifinal on Saturday, April 12 against Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium. They are just two games away from lifting the trophy.
But what if the Gunners once again misfire when it really should be target practice for a squad as talent-rich as theirs?
"If not, what I’ll look for in my next destination is to have the chance to win. I don’t want to close doors, but nowadays I’ve a contract with Arsenal for two more seasons. When I’m turning 31 I’ll evaluate myself and I’ll choose the best option."
That best option, Cazorla explains, could be a return to Spain.
However, the diminutive 29-year-old who enjoyed spells at Villarreal and Malaga prior to his Arsenal transfer, may be a desired player for Premier League clubs. He does, after all, have experience and proven ability in this division.
If Manchester United want to return to the top four, or if Liverpool want to bolster their attacking options from midfield in the summer as they look to add to a squad that will be challenged in Europe, could Cazorla be sold to another English club?
While Cazorla mentions that he would reassess his options in 18 months, when his contract fast approaches his expiration date, Arsenal may not be receptive to the prospect of losing the player on a free transfer and so cashing in sooner, rather than later, could be the preferred option, even if it was an inter-league switch.
Of all clubs in England, though, there is one he may most want to join as they are always challenging for titles and managed by a coach he tips as the most knowledgeable he has worked for.
"I learned a lot from of all of the managers I have played for, but if I had to choose one it would be [Manuel] Pellegrini. He’s the coach that has given me the most during five to six years that I worked with him at Villarreal and Malaga.
"He was the first person who took me to Malaga. We have a great relationship and I congratulate him because he’s doing well… but Manchester has not called me."
Maybe Arsenal should call them.