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Santi Cazorla has confirmed he would love to return to Arsenal one day after not leaving in the way he wanted.
The Spaniard exited the Emirates after a string of injuries but has admitted he would like to play for the Gunners once more before he retires.
And Cazorla also believes he could return to Arsenal as a coach or sporting director in the future.
“When you are at a big club like Arsenal, sometimes you don’t realise what it means to be there until you are gone,” he told the Independent.
“I never got to say a proper goodbye. It was the biggest team I played for in my career and I miss everything about Arsenal.
“I don’t know what my legacy is there, you would have to ask the fans, but I want to say thank you to them all. I would like to play at the Emirates one last time before I retire.
“I don’t know what I will do afterwards – maybe a coach, maybe a sporting director – but I would love to go back to Arsenal.
“I lived in London for six years. My son loved it there. In the future, we will see if I have the possibility.”
Cazorla has enjoyed a return to prominence with Villarreal where he has finally put his injury hell behind him.
“Football goes so fast. You never have time to stop and think,” he explained.
“I had to work so hard to get back to this level and it’s hard to choose highlights, but when I play away from home and the stadium is happy just to be able to watch me play football, that’s the best trophy for when I retire.”
“It’s gone now,” he added. “I never think about the injury. I don’t have any pain. Of course, the way I look at football has changed [because of it].
“It’s completely different, but football is better now. I enjoy it all more; the atmosphere in the stadium; training every day.
“It was difficult to imagine playing at the top-level and for Spain again, but you never know what’s going to happen.
“My family still sometimes get scared when they watch me, but I’m well now. That’s the most important thing. Now it’s about the present.”