Why Wenger should allow £18m playmaker to leave Arsenal

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has been strongly linked with a move back to Spain with Atletico Madrid - and the Gunners should let him leave.

The Gunners broke their silverware drought in May, winning the FA Cup final against Hull City to win their first trophy in nine years. Many had thought that winning something would make Arsenal appealing again, but after seeing Lukasz Fabianski and Bacary Sagna agree to leave the club in order to sign for Swansea City and Manchester City respectively, it seems some players are still looking to play elsewhere.

Surprisingly, one of those players who may seek pastures new is playmaker Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard arrived from Malaga in 2012 for around £15m, and has been a mainstay of the Arsenal side ever since. The former Villarreal man has hit 19 goals from the left side of midfield, establishing himself as one of the stars of the Premier League.

However, there is reported interest from the midfielder's homeland, as La Liga winners Atletico Madrid may need to replace the likes of Arda Turan and Koke, who have both been linked with summer exits, whilst David Villa has already left the club. An £18m offer has been speculated in the press, and whilst Arsenal fans would be disappointed to see Cazorla leave, it may be a bid that's just too good to refuse.

Cazorla, who is currently in Brazil with Spain's World Cup squad, is approaching 30 in December, and almost £20m isn't an offer that Arsenal will receive many more times. The Spaniard is reportedly willing to take a huge paycut in order to move to the Spanish capital, and if that's the case then it's clear that Cazorla doesn't see his future with Arsenal.

Additionally, the Gunners need to inject some pace into their attack. Wenger has a number of ball playing midfielders at his disposal with Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, but they too often failed to get in behind defences. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the only real wingers at the club, but both are currently injured.

With the money they get for Cazorla, Arsenal could make moves to sign more direct, pacey wingers like Antoine Griezmann and Carlos Vela - both of Real Sociedad - in order to give the Gunners a much needed boost in the attacking third.

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