Santi Cazorla has been regularly linked with a move to Atletico Madrid over the past year, but he has once again reaffirmed his loyalty to Arsenal, and insists there is no truth in the rumours, as reported by Goal.
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The Spaniard has been in fantastic form recently, and picked up the Player of the Month award twice in a row earlier in the year. He was hugely important to our success during a period of multiple injuries, and stepped up when we really needed him.
He has thrived in a deeper midfield role since Mesut Özil returned from injury, and along with Francis Coquelin the quality of our midfield trio has seen us find some of our best form.
It would be a blow to lose him, so it’s fantastic to hear that he has no intentions of moving back to Spain.
“Right now I haven’t heard from anybody, it’s just rumours and, to tell the truth, it doesn’t concern me too much. What I’m concerned about is Arsenal, where I’m doing well,” he told Spanish publication El Mundo.
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“In the future, we’ll see. I like it at Arsenal very much and, as long as the club value me as they have done until now, then I’ll continue.
“In London I live in Hampstead, 15 minutes from the centre and 15 from the training ground, and I’m very comfortable. It’s calm, an ideal place to send your children to school. They’re speaking the language so quickly it’s hard to keep up. It is important for them, for my girlfriend and me, of course.”
He seems to be incredibly settled, and his comments make it hard to picture him leaving the Emirates any time soon. As long as he remains a key player in our midfield, we should have no problems keeping hold of the ambidextrous playmaker. And if he keeps up his current form then it’s difficult to see Arsene Wenger dropping him.