Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla scores a screamer on his QSL debut for Al Sadd


Santi Cazorla’s story is utterly remarkable.

When the Spanish midfielder injured his Achilles tendon while playing for Arsenal in 2016, his recovery went so bad that he underwent multiple surgeries and was told he should be “satisfied” to ever walk again.

Four years on and Cazorla is back playing football – and he looks immense.

Cazorla was let go by Arsenal and had two terrific seasons with Villarreal, scoring 11 goals and providing nine assists in La Liga in 2019/20. 

He was so good that Spain called him up to the squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers. 


The 35-year-old signed for Qatari side Al Sadd on a free transfer and wasted no time in showing that he’s still got it, scoring a stunner on his debut against Al Ahli.

And he was backat it again on Thursday with a screamer for Xavi’s side in a 5-1 win over Al Kharaitiyat.

Cazorla scored twice and his second goal was amazing.

The playmaker lashed the ball in from the edge of the area with his left foot in yet another reminder of his enormous ability.

Check out his first goal, too.

Anyone doubt that he could still do a job in one of Europe’s major leagues?


Arsenal fans have come to regret the club’s decision to let him leave in 2018 but Cazorla has no ill-feelings about the decision.

He does, however, wish he had the chance to say a proper farewell.

“It was frustrating to not be able to say goodbye to a club who treated me so well,” he told BBC Sport earlier this year.

“It is something left in my career to say goodbye properly. I am eternally grateful to the club and the fans for the way they continue to treat me.”

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