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.
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.
Would have him back whenever— afc14 (@afc1413) October 7, 2019
A half-fit Santi would be more than double the player Granit Xhaka is!— Anirudh (@Tactician04) October 8, 2019
I have a feeling that Santi hasn't played his last game At the Emirates— Mbhele Bongamandla (@MBizzy2TK) October 8, 2019
It’s great to see him playing well just wish it was still in red and white— The artist formely known as Mark (@MarkBrassett2) October 7, 2019
Sign him up for a season— konoking (@badtsoftlord) October 7, 2019
He can still come back!! Better than all the players we have in midfield— donpir (@don_pet) October 7, 2019
Bring him back for his final season— Ooph (@Jags_29) October 7, 2019
Imagine the madness of a Cazorla-Ceballos link up— Aubazepe (@Dk15Productions) October 7, 2019
Loan in January I'm on my knees— TPG (@MaksymilianSmi4) October 7, 2019
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