Arsenal Exploring Ways To Give Santi Cazorla One Final Send-Off
Arsenal are looking at ways in which they can give Santi Cazorla the dream send-off he was unable to receive.
Back in October 2016, when playing for Arsenal during a 6-0 win over Ludogorets, Cazorla suffered an achilles tendon injury and was forced to undergo over ten operations, including a skin graft from his arm.
The Spaniard also lost eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle and doctors proceeded to tell him that he was lucky to able to walk in the garden with his son.
Cazorla would leave Arsenal at the end of his contract following the 2017/18 campaign and has since had quite the career resurrection - tearing it up in a second spell with Villarreal and even pulling on the Spain shirt once again after going 636 days without playing.
:boom: SANTI CAZORLA FROM LONG RANGE!- Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV) September 24, 2019
:soccer: Villarreal get a foothold just before the break and will start the second half 2-1 down at the Camp Nou pic.twitter.com/TiThiLyfCV
But the 35-year old is desperate to say goodbye to Gunners fans and as per football.london, Arsenal are exploring just how they can make it happen for him.
Possible opportunity for Santi Cazorla to return to stadium at some point to complete his goodbyes to the fans : Raul very connected to Santi's agent so this is due to be discussed once end of season schedules for both clubs are clear- REDaction Gooners (@REDactionAFC) February 17, 2020
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According to some reports, Arsenal are trying to organise one final game involving Santi Cazorla at The Emirates so that he can get a proper send off. Tears in my eyes.- Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) February 18, 2020
Cazorla's last appearance at the Emirates saw him take part in some light training before a Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid yet there is the potential for him to have a proper send-off in some capacity.
It's said a pre-season game between Villarreal and Arsenal is one option depending on the schedules of both sides, and there will be discussions at the end of the season - with Raul Sanllehi said to be close with Cazorla's agent.
The former Malaga midfielder made 180 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 29 goals and winning two FA Cups. But he's already gone on record to say it's still a goal of his to turn out in red and white.
"I don't know if it's possible or not, but I want to play one more game for Arsenal before I retire. It was a deep regret that I could never have a proper goodbye," he told Goal.
"Arsenal was the biggest club I ever played for. I'm proud that I was an Arsenal player. I'm especially grateful for Arsenal fans who supported me even after I left the club.
"I wish I can be part of the Gunners family in the future again."