Arsene Wenger has been trumpeting the mantra that he wants to keep this excellent Arsenal squad together for next season, and he has already been in contract talks with many Gunners who are nearing the last year of their current deal, including Theo Walcott, Chuba Akpom and Mikel Arteta who have hardly played at all for the first team this season.
But for some reason, Wenger has not even started talking to Santi Cazorla, who has arguably been one of our best and most consistent players in this campaign with 48 appearances under his belt so far. The 30 year-old revealed in an interview yesterday: “I have one year contract and we will see what Arsenal think about the possibility of extending the contract,” he said. “I do not plan anything else for now.”
For now? Does that mean until the end of the season? Cazorla is a player that has consistently been linked with a return to Spain to finish his career. After three brilliant years at the Emirates, and with his undoubted talent, he would be welcome at most clubs in La Liga – so Wenger would certainly have no problems finding a buyer.
Surely Wenger should have stopped any uncertainty by now, he must at least have spoken to Cazorla by now to find out if he wanted to continue his career with Arsenal. Or perhaps he has and simply doesn’t want to give us the bad news just yet?