Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has conceded that if the Gunners show no sign of ending their nine-year trophy drought he will be forced to consider a move back to La Liga, while also imploring Arsene Wenger to spend money on top-class players this summer.
Cazorla has quickly become a key figure for Arsenal since joining from Malaga in 2012, wasting little time in adjusting to life in the Premier League and building a reputation as one of the technically gifted players in the division.
The 29-year-old's efforts have failed to help Arsenal stay the course in a title challenge that looked so promising until last month though, with Wenger's hopes of fighting for the championship ended by failing to win any of their last four matches, in a dreadful run of results which included crushing defeats on the road to Chelsea and Everton.
Hopes of silverware for the Emirates faithful now rest with the FA Cup, with a semi-final in that competition against Wigan Athletic on Saturday evening looming large.
In an explosive interview with Spanish publication Sport360 Cazorla has risked angering Wenger and Arsenal fans by conceding that he may leave the club if a better offer comes along at the end of his current, contract, which expires in 2016.
He revealed: “I want titles and that is why I came to Arsenal.
“Every player wants to win titles. We’ve gone many years without winning one. And if not, what I’ll look for in my next destination is to have the chance to win.
“I don’t want to close doors but I’ve a contract with Arsenal for two more seasons. When I’m turning 31 I’ll evaluate myself and I’ll choose the best option. In which case, I would be delighted to come back [to Spain]."
Cazorla was also asked in pinpoint where the wheels have fallen off for Arsenal this term after such a promising start to the season, choosing to lament a lack of star signings which has helped their title rivals thrive in recent years.
He explained: "Arsenal has everything to win. History, infrastructure, an incredible stadium and great players.
“But we have to improve at crucial moments and sign the best football players because if you don’t do that, you may lag behind others.
“That is what makes it different at other clubs. You’ve a good example in Manchester City who signed Fernandiho, (Alvaro) Negredo... or even Manchester United with (Robin) Van Persie and (Juan) Mata."
Despite his clear frustration Cazorla still has the chance to taste glory this season, but only if Wenger's men can get their act together and beat FA Cup holders and Championship promotion contenders Wigan Athletic at Wembley.