In-form Arsenal star Santi Cazorla apologises to former club Malaga for 2012 exit

Santi Cazorla

The Spanish midfielder left Malaga in odd circumstances in 2012.

Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has been discussing the move which saw him arrive at the club in 2012. Cazorla told Revista Panenka, as quoted by Inside Spanish Football, that he was sorry about the deal and he offered an apology to the club he left, Malaga.

“I want to apologise to the Málaga fans for not giving them the goodbye they deserved.”

“Everyone always asks us why it happened. The players and coaches did their job but they didn’t pay us, they didn’t have money and they were forced to sell. It was a shame because we had a great group in place and we could’ve defined and era in the club.”

Cazorla left for Arsenal in a hastily arranged deal in August 2012. It was a deal that came about extremely quickly, after Malaga's rich investor Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani pulled vast sums of money out of the club.

Malaga had spent big money on the likes of Cazorla, Isco, Jeremy Toulalan and Nacho Monreal in 2011. However, he decided to stop his major investment in the club and all four of the mentioned players soon moved on - Arsenal, Real Madrid and Monaco taking advantage.

So Cazorla had to leave after just one expensive but impressive season at the club.

Now of course Malaga will be watching on with very envious eyes. In recent weeks he has been the star of the Arsenal team. In particular he was sensational in the recent 2-0 win against Premier League champions Manchester City, scoring a penalty and setting up Olivier Giroud for the second.

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