Cazorla leaving Arsenal

Santi Cazorla is set to leave Arsenal this summer when his contract expires, the club have confirmed.

The 33-year-old has made 180 appearances for the North London club over the past six seasons but has suffered badly with injuries over the past two.

Cazorla joined the Gunners from Malaga in the summer of 2012.

The Spaniard has been unable to play a single Premier League game since October 2016 due to a serious Achilles tendon injury that is threatening his career.

Santi Cazorla told the club’s official website:

“I am very sad to be leaving after so many great times.

“I have loved my time with the club. I will always remember the special moments we had together. The FA Cup in 2014 is something we will never forget.

“I am very proud to be part of this club’s history.”

The midfielder has two FA Cup winners’ medals which included scoring in their 3-2 win over Hull City in the final at Wembley Stadium in 2014.

Santi Cazorla has had surgery on his Achilles injury several times over the past 18 months and doctors even told him at the end of last year that he should be satisfied just to be able to walk again due to the severity of his injury.