The chance to sign Cesc Fabregas looks more and more like a missed opportunity after Cazorla's recent comments.
After whispered rumours midway through the season that Santi Cazorla may be looking to leave the Emirates this summer, rumours that were as swiftly and quietly dismissed as they were uttered, comes a whole different kind of concern on Arsenal's Spanish star.
Speaking to Spanish paper AS, Cazorla openly discussed both the fact his future is being considered, and the fact he has some affiliation with Atletico.
"When the World Cup is over, I’ll start thinking about my situation," he said.
"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."
Now, whether Cazorla does or doesn't end up leaving the club is only part of the problem. A bigger issue is that surely Wenger would have taken an interest in his former prodigy Cesc Fabregas if he knew Cazorla may end up leaving the club.
The reason Fabregas wasn't re-signed was that Aaron Ramsey's impressive season meant he had become the Arsenal side's main box-to-box midfielder, while Mesut Ozil was still preferred as the number 10 at the club. But with Cazorla leaving there would be an opening for another midfield player to come in, with a central trio of Fabregas, Ramsey and Ozil sure to get set mouths watering. Cazorla featured in all attacking midfield positions last year, making most of his appearances from the left, but another option that could have accommodated Fabregas is that Ozil could have moved to the left allowing for another more defensive player to come in.
Either Wenger didn't know about Cazorla's possible departure, or he will refuse to entertain it, because there will be few midfielders of Fabregas' quality on the market for £30 million this summer.