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Arsenal confirms Santi Cazorla departure, Villarreal Keen on Midfielder

Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla has officially confirmed he will be leaving the club after two years of being on the sidelines with the Gunners and will be in search for a new club, with Spanish club Villarreal said to be in the pole position to sign him.

The 33-year-old Spanish midfielder arrived at the Emirates Stadium back in the summer of 2012 from Malaga, winning Arsenal’s Player of the Season in his first year which was immediately followed by back to back FA Cups in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaign.

Cazorla acquired the long-term injury while playing against Ludogorets in the Champions League two seasons ago – which they won 6-0, tearing up his Achilles at the time.

Arsenal have now confirmed the departure of the Spanish midfielder, which has immediately sparked interest across Europe with Cazorla former club Villarreal leading the race to sign him.

The club wrote on their official website: “Santi Cazorla is leaving the club after coming to the end of his contract,

“Santi joined us from Malaga in the summer of 2012, during which time he established himself as an integral part of the team and proved to be one of the most technically-gifted players in the Premier League.

“Making 180 appearances for us in six years, Santi scored 29 goals in all competitions, helping the team win two Emirates FA Cups and two FA Community

“His importance to us was emphasised with his sublime free-kick in the 2014 Emirates FA Cup final, which sparked our unforgettable comeback to win the trophy.”

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis also added: “Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch. His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years.

“He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club.”

During his 180 appearances for the Gunners, Santi Cazorla has bagged 29 goals.

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