Santi Cazorla’s time at Arsenal really was a bit of a dream.
The diminutive Spaniard was the ultimate puppet master, pulling the strings of the Gunners’ midfield with remarkable ease and grace.
His heavenly touch and unrivalled vision for the pass, at his peak, made him easily one of the best players in the world.
Alongside a thriving Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, Cazorla would carve out a very special place in the hearts of Arsenal fans all over the world.
It could be argued that the Gunners never really recovered from Cazorla’s near career-ending achilles injury that cut his time at the Emirates painfully short.
Now, the Arsenal faithful have only memories to look back on, but some of them are truly special.
One in particular that has been doing the rounds on social media is a clip showing Santi’s last-ever touch for his beloved Arsenal and, of course, it’s very special indeed.
Cazorla, in typical fashion, floated a frightfully pinpoint assist right onto the toe of an onrushing Ozil who gleefully obliged with an accomplished finished. You can check it out in the clip below:
— Last Ever Touch ⚽️ (@_LastEverTouch) July 31, 2022
Imagine what Cazorla could have gone on to achieve.
In contrast, the Twitter feed, which showcases the last touches of other famous stars, also gave us a clip of Wayne Rooney’s final touch in a Manchester United shirt and it is quite possibly the most Wayne Rooney thing ever.
It just had to be a wild sliding challenge, didn’t it?
Other big name stars who enjoyed pretty spectacular final touches include Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, who both found the back of the net with the last contributions for Arsenal.
— Last Ever Touch ⚽️ (@_LastEverTouch) July 30, 2022
Both very special, but neither can match Cazorla’s moment of wizardry.
His curtailed career in north London will always be one of football’s great ‘what if’s’ but, the fact that he was able to return to competitive action at all is truly one of the great miracles of the game.
Cazorla very nearly lost his leg to the injury which bedevilled him for so long but, against all the odds, made a comeback for Villarreal where he once again showed his class.
He deserved so much more at Arsenal, but we’re glad he got to end his career on his own terms in the end.