Cazorla hails influence of Arsenal teammate amid emotional farewell

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Mikel Arteta made his final appearance in an Arsenal shirt in yesterday's 4-0 win against Aston Villa.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has expressed his thanks to Mikel Arteta following the 34-year-old's final appearance for the Gunners.

He told the club's official website how he feels his teammate finished his career at The Emirates on an almost unbeatable high note.

“His last game with us has been almost unbeatable," Cazorla said. "He could play and score a goal. Once he gets home today he'll think deeply about his whole career here at Arsenal."

Arteta only featured in nine Premier League games for the North London club this term, in what has been a challenging season for the Gunners.

Manager Arsène Wenger has received heavy criticism for failing to mount a serious title challenge, but Arsenal still managed to finished second in the league and secure North London bragging rights for another year.

Cazorla explained his gratitude for Arteta, telling how much his countryman has helped him throughout his Arsenal career.

“We feel really grateful for him," he said. "He's been crucial for us and especially for me, as he's helped me a lot since I got here. I only have grateful words for him and I wish him the best on his next football adventure.”

Arteta has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in a coaching capacity to work under incoming manager Pep Guardiola, and claimed that he is 99% certain he will not play again when speaking to the club's official website:

"I was very scared about this day because 99 per cent, that was my last game as a professional footballer."

Arteta made 149 appearances for the Gunners in a five-year stint with the club and his influence at Arsenal will surely be missed.

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