Arsenal Confirm Midfielder Santi Cazorla Will Leave on a Free Transfer After 6-Year Spell

​​Arsenal have officially announced that Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla will leave the club upon the expiry of his contract next month.

The news comes after the 33-year-old sat out the entire 2017/18 campaign with an Achilles injury, and following some fears that he may never play again at a professional level after a number of surgeries. He scored 29 goals in 180 appearances for the Gunners, but hadn’t featured since October 2016 because of the problems he encountered.

Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said in a ​club statement of thanks on Arsenal’s website on Monday evening: “Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch. His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years. 

“He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club.”

Cazorla leaves Arsenal having helped the club to life two FA Cups and two Community Shields, and will perhaps be best remembered for scoring Arsenal’s first goal in the 2014 FA Cup Final vs Hull City, as Arsenal came from two goals down to win 3-2.

It is expected that Cazorla will now return to former club Villarreal to see out the remainder of his playing days in his native Spain.



Mikel Arteta Reportedly Wants Full Control of Arsenal Transfers Ahead of Expected Appointment

​It is expected that ​Arsenal will unveil ​Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta as their new manager next week, and the Spaniard will reportedly demand full control over the club’s transfer dealings.

The former Arsenal midfielder is the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger and is believed to be the preferred choice of chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who has now persuaded owner Stan Kroeke’s son that Arteta is the right man for the job.

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Sven Mislintat is believed to have been responsible for the purchases of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Arteta will be required to work within the recruitment structure, but the Daily Mail are reporting that the Spaniard will have a strong voice and the power to veto any transfer he opposes.

Until recently Arsene Wenger had full control over all transfer proceedings at the Emirates, but the appointment of Mislintat as head of recruitment in November 2017 drastically altered the manner in which transfers were conducted. 

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The other candidates included Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann and Gunners legend Thierry Henry who is now believed to be open to joining Arsenal’s new look backroom staff.

Arteta will spend the remainder of this week finalising the details of the proposed move, recruiting his coaching staff and ensuring he has sufficient influence in transfer policy. 

The new boss will only have a limited budget in his first season at Arsenal, and while the ​sale of Aaron Ramsey could raise some much needed funds, there is unlikely to be a huge turnaround at the club in the summer.  


Santi Cazorla Set to Leave Arsenal With Villarreal on the Verge of Re-Signing Spanish Star

Santi Cazorla is expected to join up with Villarreal for pre-season ahead of potentially returning to his former club on a one-year deal next season.

The former Spain international is out of contract at ​Arsenal in the summer and the north London side have opted against extending Cazorla’s stay at the Emirates due to his injury problems over the last two years.

Cazorla has undergone over 11 operations in order to attempt to solve an Achilles tendon problem, and has just finished his 18 month rehabilitation programme. But the 33-year-old is finally fit again and looking for a club for next season. 

Villarreal president Fernando Roig has reportedly been in discussions with Cazorla for a number of weeks, attempting to persuade their former star to make a return to La Cerámica and now it looks like Roig has been successful in his efforts. 

The news was announced on Movistar, a Spanish broadcaster (via ​AS), after ​Villarreal’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Saturday

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Club ambassador Marcos Senna informed the radio presenter that Villarreal have offered Cazorla a chance to prove his fitness in their pre-season training camp. If everything goes to plan he will likely join the Yellow Submarine on a one-year deal next season.

Cazorla has also been touted this week with taking a position in prospective Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s backroom staff.

If Cazorla aggravates his injury during pre-season and is not offered a contract at Villarreal, it is reassuring to know that there may still be a place for him in north London off the pitch. 


Arsenal and Liverpool Dealt Huge Blow as Schalke Starlet Max Meyer Prepares to Join Hoffenheim

​​Arsenal and ​Liverpool have both suffered a significant blow in their attempts to sign a fantastic young player this summer.

According to the D​aily ​Mirror, ​Schalke’s Max Meyer has decided to reject a move to Liverpool or Arsenal, and instead will choose to sign a deal with German side Hoffenheim when his contract expires this summer.

Meyer, who joined Schalke as a 14-year-old, has been very outspoken in his desire to leave the club at the end of the season, and it now appears as though he will finally get his wish.

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Arsenal had been hoping to use their head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and his ties with the ​Bundesliga to their advantage in their pursuit of Meyer, but it appears as though they will miss out on securing the young German’s signature.

Meyer’s refusal to sign a new contract saw him banished from the club’s training ground.

When asked about his decision to leave the club, Meyer said: “I never cared for the money, otherwise I would have accepted the second improved bid. That’s why I think it’s a mess that Clemens Tonnies says it’s just about money.

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“I simply did not want to stay in Schalke and work under Mr Heidel. That’s it. In the end, it just feels like I’m being bullied.

“I did not want to come out and talk. I’ve only had enough of always reading something about myself, but neither Heidel nor Tonnies have talked to me.

“From the first day [Heidel told me] I could go; then he said that I would not play much anymore [and] I was not wanted anymore.”

Since joining Schalke, Meyer has made 192 appearances, scoring 22 goals and assisting a further 24. He is a versatile player who can play as either a defensive or attacking midfielder, and Arsenal and Liverpool will be regretting missing out on this transfer.


Arsenal and Chelsea Target Fuels Transfer Rumours After Social Media Post Confirms London Trip

​Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has arrived in London, increasing the intensity of the transfer rumours surrounding the young Jamaican.

Three Premier League clubs are believed to be interested in the winger, after a season of stellar performances in the Bundesliga. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all reportedly chasing the highly sought after player, but they’ll have to fend off interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Bailey has impressed a number of clubs

According to reports from ESPN, Bayern were the first club to make a move for Bailey, tabling an offer of £52m, but Leverkusen are believed to be holding out for an offer of at least £88m.

Bailey has added fuel to the fire of these transfer rumours, by posting on Instagram that he was in London. Whilst his trip to the capital was only to visit his favourite barber, fans of both Chelsea and Arsenal were understandably excited by Bailey’s presence in London.

Premier League clubs are expected to make their bids for Bailey soon, with United looking to add yet another attacking option to their squad and both Arsenal and Chelsea looking to rebuild their squads after disappointing seasons.

Although Bayern were the first to make a move for Bailey, it’s reported that Leverkusen prefer to sell to a foreign club as opposed to strengthening a direct rival. This will give Premier League clubs some hope, though they’ll have a fight on their hands against the financial might of Real Madrid.