Is Santi Cazorla upset by Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas snub?

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Is Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla disappointed at the club's decision to allow Cesc Fabregas to join Chelsea?

It appears Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have a little bit of firefighting to do when he gets his squad back for pre-season.

Spanish international Santi Cazorla has been linked with a switch to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, and he did little to calm rumours when put to him this week.

He is quoted by The Mirror: "When the World Cup is over, I’ll start thinking about my situation, I don’t want to be thinking about it right now and I’ve told my agents not to tell me anything if an offer comes in.

"But I know a few of the Atlético players – Godín, Juanfran and I know the side well from when I was playing the Spanish league but until the tournament is over, I won’t know if the rumours are true or not."

It had seemed only a short while ago that there was no 'situation', and Cazorla was perfectly happy at Arsenal.

So what has changed? Well Atletico's interest, genuine or not, was not a discussion point previously, but Arsenal's failure to bring back Cesc Fabregas may have it's part to play.

Cazorla was keen for the move to happen, stating via SkySports: "I've read that he could go to Chelsea but I'd prefer him to come to Arsenal because he's a great player and they really love him there."

Seeing his side stand back and allow Cesc to sign for rivals Chelsea will surely not have been welcomed by Cazorla, who will instantly realise his own team's chances of winning trophies has been made harder, as a rival team who beat them 6-0 last season get stronger.

Manager Arsene Wenger is said to have felt Cazorla was a key player, and one of the reasons why he did not move for Fabregas.

Yet the midfielder will also want to be happy at the club. Nacho Monreal has been linked with an exit to Athletic Bilbao, which would leave him as the only Spaniard in the senior squad, having Cesc around would have addressed this.

If he is homesick, or tempted by La Liga, Arsene Wenger will simply have to stand firm, because having let Cesc move on, letting Cazorla leave would be disastrous - and this is exactly the reason why we believe it will not happen.

Wenger may just have to explain to Cazorla the reasons for his decision, and if he is still not convinced - it's time for the Gunners to take a hardline stance and finally say 'you are not for sale'.

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