Santi Cazorla is "very happy" to stay at Arsenal

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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla is adamant that he's paying no attention to persistent speculation over a £15m move to either Atletico Madrid or Monaco, focusing on a third full season at the Emirates and the fight for trophies and a starting spot in a revamped Gunners squad.

Cazorla is a firm fan favourite in North London thanks to two campaigns full of trickery from the left-flank, but that has not stopped exit talk revolving around interest from Atletico in both the 29-year-old and his team-mate for club and country Nacho Monreal.

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Eyes on the prize

Cazorla is currently with the Arsenal squad in New York and featured in last night's 1-0 defeat to the Red Bulls and used a fan event across the pond to insist he's staying in the Premier League this season, despite speculation that simply refuses to go away.

The 29-year-old is quoted by BeIn Sport as stating: "I feel good, I am staying very happy playing for Arsenal and the team now is more strong with the new players and I hope we win the trophy for the fans."

Will Santi start?

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has consistently picked Cazorla ever since signing him from Malaga in 2012, but his place will surely be under threat next season.

Wenger has made a swift move for Alexis Sanchez and when Theo Walcott returns to full fitness there is the exciting prospect of having both speed demons down the flanks, but that may leave Cazorla with reduced first-team opportunities in big matches.

The vast majority of Cazorla's 95 Arsenal appearances have come from the left-flank, although the diminutive schemer has a fight on his hands to make sure that remains the case next term despite committing his future to the Gunners in a welcome boost.

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