Oh those were the days! The years that Santi Cazorla was bossing Arsenal’s midfield we played some of our best ever football. Surprisingly we only won two FA Cups with him in the team, but he did have the honour of getting two European Championship medals with Spain.
Oh but how much have we missed him since his injury? no matter how many midfielders Wenger has nurtured or bought in, we have never had anyone that comes close to his natural ability. He is unlikely to ever grace a football field again as a player, and as it was his 33rd birthday yesterday and Arsene Wenger gave his own tribute to one of most favourite players ever. “Santi is one of the best players I’ve had in my career and when you lose a player of that stature, it’s an absolutely immense [loss],” Wenger said. “He is the player where everybody on the pitch could give the ball to when they had a problem, and he transformed a normal ball into a fantastic ball.
“He’s a magician, Santi Cazorla. When you lose a magician, you lose some happiness in your life. Santi Cazorla smiles every day, he’s a happy man and we all suffer for him.
“We did not only lose an exceptional player until now, but as well a happy man, who was in a good mood every day and very positive with everybody. That’s difficult, on top of that.”
Santi himself posted his own thoughts yesterday on life and how he deals with it, so I will leave you with his words….
Translated from the Spanish it reads: ‘Brave is he who fights without going down. The arms before life supports a thousand falls, and despite everything gets up again.
‘Life surprises you with it’s ups and downs and the brave will be prepared to know how to face each obstacle because that’s what it’s about,’
Good luck Santi, we were very lucky to have known you in your prime mate….