Arsenal round-up: Santi Cazorla wanted to join Tottenham, Redknapp confirms

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Arsenal fans, hello and welcome.

It’s the end of the week, which heralds the arrival of two days jam-packed with mouth-watering football matches and, I’m sure, even more juicy gossip.

We’ve compiled a collection of the biggest breaking stories from today - hopefully they’ll be enough to tie you over until the weekend really gets underway. Enjoy.

Cazorla's Spurs ambition

Santi Cazorla is many things, fortunately for Arsenal being a Tottenham player isn’t one of them.

However, that’s not to say he didn’t have the chance to become just that, with former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp having claimed that the diminutive midfielder almost moved to White Hart Lane long before he signed for the Gunners.

Redknapp told how Cazorla impressed in a friendly against Tottenham in 2010 and was happy to join Spurs, before a breakdown in talks put paid to the move. To think what might have been.

"Santi Cazorla was very nearly a Tottenham player well before he joined Arsenal in 2012," Redknapp said, as per the London Evening Standard.

"He was fantastic against us for Villarreal in a pre-season friendly in July 2010.

"I went up to Everton to watch him play again a week later and then we spoke to Villarreal.

"Santi wanted to come. He was happy to join Spurs but there was a breakdown in talks over the fee.

"The deal was almost done but it got lost somewhere in the negotiations between Tottenham and Villarreal.

"It was a transfer that could and should have been done. He ended up being another one who got away."

Debuchy considering future

Elsewhere, it’s said that Mathieu Debuchy is ready to consider his long-term Arsenal future in January having lost his first-team spot to Hector Bellerin.

The Frenchman is supposedly worried over his chances of making France’s international squad for next year’s European Championships, and so may well move on to find game-time.

Lukaku admission

Lastly, former Chelsea man Romelu Lukaku has admitted it is his dream to play under Arsene Wenger in the future.

The Belgian forward, sold to Everton by Jose Mourinho, said he wanted to work under both Wenger and Pep Guardiola during the course of his career. With Arsenal needing an out-and-out striker, could that chance come sooner rather than later?

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