Gone are the days when due to debts, Arsenal became the hunting ground for star players by money bags as well as a club where players gave in to the advances of other clubs with excuses of trophy drought and/or a bigger payday. As the club can now offer these and many more as well as ward off rivals from her priced assets.
Santi Carzorla, One man who has always managed to prove himself for Arsenal when the club really needs him in the big games.
The Spaniard has always stepped up to the plate for Arsenal whenever he was called upon. His crucial goals amongst several others but most importantly the free-kick he curled in against Hull City in the FA cup final back in May to bring Arsenal back into the game after the Gunners had earlier gone down 2-0 before going on to win the game in extra time, also at the the recent FA Community Shield against league champions Manchester City where he scored the opener for the Gunners in what i regard both as top class finishes.
Following several reports culminating before, during, and after the World Cup that the player was set to exit the Emirates this summer, the flamboyant Arsenal midfielder has dismissed any speculation about him leaving the Gunners over the summer.
The Arsenal and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla has dismissed any rumours that he will be leaving the Gunners in the summer, saying that he is happy at the club and excited about the new season.
Cazorla has had a magnificent first two seasons at Arsenal, having won the FA Cup and the Community Shield in the last four months with the Gunners. The Spaniard played in all 38 Premier League games in his first season at the club, starting 37. He scored 11 goals and set up another 12 in his first season, with a 13th assist coming in the Champions League.
There were growing links of a return to his native Spain at the beginning of the 2013-14 Premier League season, with Atlético Madrid reportedly having a £16million bid turned down by Arsenal. Atlético Madrid have come in for the player again as they look to strengthen the side to retain the La Liga title for the coming season.
Upon these rumours becoming public, Cazorla spoke to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE to let them know of his intentions for the season, in turn, denying a move away:
“I’ve seen that in the papers, but nobody has told me anything personally and the only things I know are from the papers, so I don’t know anything.”
“I’m only focused on training here and preparing well playing with Arsenal. It’s paper talk. I’m well, I have the confidence of everybody, the support of the fans and we hope to have a good season.”
This comments by Cazorla reveals that players are happy to remain at the club with the glowing light coming out of the Emirates camp suggesting that the near future of our club is an extremely very bright one to say the least. COYG!!!