Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, 29, has spoken out over the rumours linking him with a £20 million move to Atletico Madrid by reaffirming his Gunners allegiance and underlining his desire to build on the FA Cup momentum from last season and help steer the club toward a Premier League title.
Cazorla had recently implied that Atletico Madrid should be used as a source of inspiration, prompting speculation that he was intrigued by the prospect of joining Diego Simeone's side amid their own rebuilding project.
Currently champions of La Liga, Atleti have bolstered their roster following the sales of Filipe Luis and Diego Costa to Chelsea by recruiting Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic.
The presence of Griezmann would perhaps suggest that there is no real need for Cazorla, and Atletico president Enrique Cerezo even issued a statement to say that the Spaniard was "not on their agenda".
Now Cazorla has had his say: “My objective was always Arsenal. I have played for Arsenal for two years and I continue to play. They are the only club I think about. I want to lift as many trophies as possible with them and help them as much as I can.
“Winning the FA Cup took a lot of pressure from us. Winning a trophy after nine years relieves you, and leaves you to play with a bit more freedom. It is easier then to play even better than the year before. We would like to win trophies this year again.”
Arsenal contest the Emirates Cup friendly competition this weekend ahead of a Community Shield showdown with Manchester City next week.