Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla is undoubtedly a fans’ favourite at the Emirates Stadium due to his impressive performances in the white and red colours of Arsenal since his £12m move from La Liga outfit Malaga in summer of 2012, however the majority of the fans have found out in the last one year or so that the 32-year old is still almost irreplaceable at the club despite the recent midfield recruitment.
Cazorla, who helped his Spanish national team to the Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 triumph, was ruled out for almost five months with a knee injury last season leading to the collapse of Arsenal’s league title bid after he got injured in a match against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
With this in mind, the North London side recruited massively in the midfield area with Egyptian star Mohamed Elneny joining the club in a £5m deal from Swiss champions FC Basel in January 2016 before Albanian-born Switzerland international Granit Xhaka sealed his transfer from German side Borussia Moenchengladbach in a £34m deal this summer.
Despite this reinforcements it seems the club is still finding it hard to cope without the petite Spaniard after he was ruled out of action till February 2017 with a Achilles problem.
Cazorla’s present contract runs in six months’ time meaning he could leave for free next summer with Wenger notorious for handling players over the age of 30 a one-year deal.
With the club still struggling to replace the former Villareal and Malaga midfielder, it is advisable that the club will offer him a long term contract preferably a two-year deal so that they can adequately replace his creativity and guile in the middle of the park.