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Arsenal: Charles Watts intrigued by idea of Santi Cazorla joining coaching team

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Arsenal journalist Charles Watts believes it will be interesting to see what Santi Cazorla does after he retires following links with a potential return to north London.

The journalist was speaking following an interview the former Gunners playmaker conducted with the Daily Mail’s Daniel Matthews.

Cazorla is still playing at Qatari side Al-Sadd, but he has admitted that he would love a return to the Emirates Stadium in the future.

He said that he will have to wait and see if the club wish to have him back in either a coaching role or as a sporting director.

The 37-year-old also discussed the relationship he built up with Mikel Arteta, and Watts is fascinated by how this will play out.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, the journalist said: “It’ll be intriguing to see what Santi does when he hangs up his boots.

“I think we’d all love Santi to come back and be part of the coaching staff.

“He talks about [a] sporting director [role] there, I don’t think that’s going to happen at Arsenal because, well, Edu’s in place and you would think Edu’s probably going to stay for a while and see this project out, and Santi hasn’t ever done anything like that before, so I can’t imagine he’d walk straight into a sporting director job at Arsenal

“But coaching staff-wise, I mean, who knows? That relationship with Arteta’s there, and how great would that be, to see Santi come back and be part of the coaching staff?”

TIF Thoughts on Cazorla and Arsenal…

Would you like to see Cazorla back at Arsenal?

Yes!

Yes!

Not just for nostalgia's sake!

Not just for nostalgia's sake!

Between 2012 and 2017, the 81-cap Spain ace made 180 appearances for the Gunners, winning two FA Cups.

The maestro became a fan favourite under Arsene Wenger and was involved in 74 goals in all competitions.

You would suspect that if Arteta felt confident in his coaching abilities, he would have no issue placing his former teammate among his backroom staff.

However, it does seem as if there may be at least some time to wait before that does happen with the two-time EURO winner still competing in Qatar with his contract not up until the summer.

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