Arsenal star Santi Cazorla apologises for way he signed for the Gunners, says he regrets circumstances

Santi Cazorla

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla says he is still bothered by the circumstances which led to him leaving Malaga.

It is approaching three summers ago that Santi Cazorla left Malaga to sign for Arsenal, and the Spaniard admits the way he departed the club still bothers him.

Cazorla has gone onto become one of the Premier League's most dynamic and consistent players, arguably Arsenal's best player since the turn of the calendar year.

The midfielder was sold for a fee the BBC described at the time as 'around £15 million', which seemed even then to be a bargain for a player of his talent who at the time was unproven in the Premier League.

Cazorla was sold with Malaga in financial crisis, needing to raise funds to meet an urgent deadline, and as their star player, he was also their most sale-able asset.

The 30-year-old has told SkySports that the circumstance of his departure still bother him,  due to the speed at which the transfer happened.

He said: "When I signed for Arsenal everything happened so quickly. The club needed money. Arsenal had started their pre-season and I had to go over for a medical.

"The very next day I had to go to Holland (for international duty with Spain playing a friendly). I couldn't say goodbye face to face. In the end I could only write a letter. I know some fans didn't like that.

"I would like to apologise for not being able to say goodbye properly as I know that would have been the best thing. It still bothers me that I didn't get to do that for the fans."

Whether Cazorla's comments are circulated widely enough to catch the attention of the Malaga support and change opinions is unclear, but he comes across in the interview as a class act, a modern day footballer who genuinely does appear to care.

Arsenal are lucky to have him in more ways than one, just as his seven goals and eight assists this season to date suggests.

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