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Santi CazorlaOne of the weirdest rumours to pop-up over the last week or so, are the stories that suggested Santi Cazorla would be playing his football in La Liga next season.

These claims eminated from the Spanish Press, more specifically, they came from Spanish daily, Marca and the radio stations Onda Cero and Radio Marca. These sources all suggested that Cazorla had already agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid.

Most Arsenal fans laughed off these stories. After all, Santi has been in the Premier League for just a single season. He always plays with a smile on his face and has shown no signs of home-sicknesses.

You can tell by the way he interacts with his team-mates, just how much he’s enjoying his football. Most importantly, he’s made an impressive impact on the pitch.

Santi was Arsenal’s MVP last season, scoring vital goals, unleashing killer passes and providing the energy and desire that the Gunners’ midfield lacked on occasions. Given the year he’s just enjoyed and his continued progression, there’s just no way Arsenal would be willing to let him go.

Still, the fact that three Spanish sources reported this story was a cause for worry. It planted a seed of doubt in fan’s minds.

Luckily, The Mirror has cleared the issue up. Atletico president Miguel Angel Gil has been in London this summer and does have ‘the hots’ for Cazorla, but Arsenal’s position is clear: they’re not looking to sell. Despite having sold Radamel Falcao, there’s a good chance that Atletico wont be able to offer Arsene Wenger and co enough money to even consider their offer.

The exciting thing about this story, is that it demonstrates a new-look Arsenal. For the last three-or-four summers, the Gunners have been a selling club. This year, they’re looking to build on what they’ve got.

I’d say that puts the club in a good position for the coming season. In Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, the Gunners have the makings of a very fine midfield. I’d argue that all they need now is a rugged, defensive-midfielder, to guard and protect these two slight, technical talents.

This summer, I’d bet on somebody joining Arsenal’s midfield, rather than leaving it. It’s the first time in a while I’ve been able to say that.

What’s your take? Could Arsenal afford to lose Santi?

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11 comments

  • Sa'id yakubu says:

    I dont trust arsene wenger anymore & the board, all i need is for mr.wenger to step down.

  • mash manyota says:

    we cant lose cazorla not today evn thou Diego i s dying to sign the smilling killer.

  • joe says:

    now we fucking laugh at you also u moron haha

  • abdulkarim j.i says:

    There is no doubt CARZOLA was the greatest arrival at emirate last season, but then given Wenger’s character he could allow him leave.

  • judge says:

    Id choose to stay at arsenal over atletico too. Great side but not exactly in the same mould as real or barca… that would be a different story.
    Not that he was ever going anyway.
    hes happy.

  • Ian Hawthorne says:

    To sell Santi Cazorla would be suicide. It is good to see us holding on to our top players but the lack of activity in the transfer market so far does not bode well for keeping our top players next season if we fail to deliver on the promises of marquee signings. Not only will the fans be disgruntled, I suggest that the current players are also expecting top signings coming into the squad.
    SO WHERE ARE THEY?
    And don’t say Suarez because there is absolutely no chance whatsoever that he will be wearing an Arsenal shirt this season unless he buys one from his local sports shop in Madrid.
    If we do not outbid Napoli for Higuain we will be doomed to the likes of Dzeko or Demba Ba being our so called marquee signings. Mere squad players is all we will get and it is NOT GOOD ENOUGH for the fans or for the players. Another big scrap for 4th place is on the cards, I’m afraid

    • Ogban says:

      Agree entirely with you. Virtually all the senior players have spoken of the need for new signings. Some, if not all, have even suggested that it is a condition for sllverware. Don’t blame them at all.
      After offloading so much deadwood, quality replacements must be brought in otherwise the disillusion would be palpable not only on the fans but the player as well

  • DAN says:

    Last season made by wenger will come to limelight. to my biggest wrong the prophet who discover many talent and fail to use them does not what it.remb. 4 yurs now he has been dis encourage fans all over the world.

  • Sammy says:

    I think he’s over here as we want costa from them wenger likes his smokescreens

  • James says:

    Arsenal board and Arsen wanger are joking with our team,we need trophies this round nine good season empty hands?he said he has 116m to spend more than that of mancity.he did stupid misteks of selling RVP FABRIGAS,We need the likes of Rooney,HIGHINE,ZUREZ,GUSTAVO,MATA,WILLIUM

  • ibrahimyj says:

    Wenger can do more than your expectation, I think that man is a trash 2 arsenal

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