Santi Cazorla says he wants to stay at Arsenal but admits he is yet to agree a new deal with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old joined the Gunners from Malaga in 2012 and has gone on to become a key figure at the Emirates. He has already scored twice this season, against Southampton and Watford, and has underlined his desire to remain in north London.
“I hope I can stay here and continue to play,” he told Cadena Ser. “I am happy here. What a player wants is to play and to feel important. Fortunately, since I arrived at Arsenal, I’ve had the confidence of the coach and of my team-mates. I’ve played a lot of minutes. In the end, that is what every player wants.
“I’m very happy here. The club has treated me very well. I’m in a great club and I’m playing minutes which is what I want. If I didn’t play, then I would consider leaving but that is not the case.”
“I have this season left under contract and we will see what the club decides regarding my future. I will also decide what is best for me.”
Cazorla has also vowed to regain his place in the Spain squad having missed Euro 2016 and been left out of Julen Lopetegui’s latest squad.
“I had some knee issues and Achilles tendon problems at the end of last season and it was right that I wasn’t included in the Euro 2016 squad,” Cazorla said.
“It’s always difficult to digest to be left out of the Spain squad. Fortunately, I’m well now and I’m enjoying myself. I’m playing a lot more with my club. But I always have hope that I can be back in the Spain squad.”
While Cazorla turns 32 in December he remains an integral part of the squad and a contract extension would be fully merited.