Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla understands why Juan Mata would pursue a transfer to Manchester United given that his compatriot is not being afforded the game time he desires at Chelsea.

Mata has started only half of Chelsea's games in the Premier League this season, while he has completed 90 minutes only three times, and the Spain international is in need of more regular minutes in a World Cup year.

Manchester United are reported to have provisionally agreed a fee of £40 million to bring Mata to Old Trafford as David Moyes strives to revive the club's faltering campaign with a signing of some repute.

Cazorla, meanwhile, sympathises with the plight of his Spain teammate, who almost moved to the Emirates Stadium following interest from Arsenal in the summer of 2011, and realises he may need to quit Stamford Bridge in order to realise his ambitions.

"If you do not play, you may go, obviously," the Arsenal star said, according to the Daily Star.

Manchester United are still yet to formalise an offer for Mata, with both clubs reportedly waiting for the player to declare his intentions before a deal is finalised.

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