Arsenal fans react to Santi Cazorla's new comments

Arsenal fans celebrate during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Ex-Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has reflected on his exit.

Santi Cazorla of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2016 in London, England.

Santi Cazorla was a real favourite at Arsenal, and the way he has rebuilt his career since leaving the club is quite remarkable.

The Gunners swooped to land Cazorla from Malaga in 2012, capitalising on some financial problems at the La Liga club to sign the midfielder.

Cazorla made 180 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 29 goals whilst prominently featuring for the Spanish national team too.

 

With just 32 appearances in his last three seasons though, Cazorla hit major injury woes, which all started with an Achilles injury in 2016, and went further than anyone could have imagined.

Rehabilitation didn't work, so Cazorla had to go under the knife eight times in total, even contracting gangrene, with fears he wouldn't walk again or the possibility of losing his leg as the infection attacked his tendon.

Antibiotics and a skin graft saved Cazorla, and when Arsenal released him in 2018, it seemed that his career was over. However, he headed back to Spain, got himself fit with Villarreal and then re-joined the La Liga side, having left in 2011.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - September 24:  Santi Cazorla #8 of Villarreal salutes the crowd after being substituted during the Barcelona V Villarreal, La Liga regular season match at Estadio Camp...

Cazorla has not only hit 10 goals and 14 assists for Villarreal since his remarkable comeback, but is even back in the Spain squad at 34, something nobody could have predicted when he went through his injury hell.

Cazorla has now reflected on leaving Arsenal, telling Las Provincias that it hurt him not to be able to say goodbye to the club and to Arsene Wenger on the pitch.

Arsenal fans have been reacting to those comments, with many begging for the club to bring Cazorla back on loan or even for a full season, believing he is still better than Granit Xhaka, and can form a great partnership with Dani Ceballos.

Arsenal fans celebrate during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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