Arsene Wenger has a fight on his hands if he wants to keep midfield star Santi Cazorla at the Emirates Stadium past the end of the season, as the Spaniard wants to leave.
That’s according to the Daily Express, who claim that the diminutive playmaker is keen on returning to La Liga in order to play out the remainder of his career. The 29-year-old is believed to have grown frustrated with the lack of major trophies the Gunners are in contention for each year, and thinks that his chances of silverware would be helped by making a transfer move.
Since arriving at the club in 2012 Cazorla has become an important part of Wenger’s squad, and it’s likely that the Frenchman will do his best to convince the player that there’s plenty of success to be had at Arsenal if he places his faith in the north London side.
The loss of such a pivotal figure could be severely detrimental to morale, and given the fact that the Gunners aren’t particularly well-stocked in that department the repercussions could be devastating.
Other mooted exits
Of course Cazorla isn’t the only one facing an uncertain future, and whilst his desire to leave the Emirates Stadium is said to be fuelled by ambition there’s others who find themselves in a similar position due to the lack of game-time.
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The likes of Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell have been continuously left out of Wenger’s starting lineups this term, in spite of the fact that first-choice striker Olivier Giroud has been absent with injury since virtually the start of the campaign.
Both are said to be seriously considering moving away in order to find a club more appreciative of their talents, though as of yet it remains unclear just where they will end up.
Move to Spain?
As for Cazorla it’s Atletico Madrid who rank amongst his registered suitors. Though he has spent time at both Villarreal and Malaga neither can claim to have as much potential as Diego Simeone’s side, and Cazorla’s introduction could help soften the blow if the likes of Diego Godin and Miranda leave, which it’s rumoured they might.