Offer Cazorla a new contract now! By Sylvester Kwentua
Santi Cazorla Gonzalez, a world class attacking midfielder has been donning the white and red shirt of Arsenal F.C since 2012 and he has paid his dues! After Dennis Bergkamp left Arsenal, we had lacked a creative mindfielder who could dribble, pass, run and shoot the ball when necessary. Cazorla came and suddenly, we recovered the skill we needed from an attacking midfielder.
Cazorla, who has been down with injury since October last year was expected to come back from injury next month, but after an operation on his ankle, he is now expected to be out for the rest of the season and this is by no means good news to the ears of Arsenal fans worldwide and many will be left wondering what is next for Cazorla?
Recently, I read an article in a sport paper whereby the writer of the story advised that Arsenal should let Cazorla go because of the persistent injuries he seems to be acquiring every season and I felt offended! I felt offended because I know what loyalty to a club means and I have seen that a lot in Santi Cazorla. Fellow gooners, if you will agree with me, loyalty of players to a club is rare to come across in modern day football, especially when there is a such a lot of money involved!
Santi Cazorla’s injuries are not self-inflicted; every injury he has suffered in Arsenal is as a result of playing for Arsenal! He is one of the few super-experienced players we have; he is skillful and purpose driven. When fit, he is a delight to watch and just like Sanchez, he has the drive for success. He is a perfect example of a captain, and any team will be willing to have him play for them. Arsenal should not be treating their older and experienced players like they didn’t pay their dues, especially when such player can still offer a lot.
Without wasting much time, Arsenal should offer Santi a new deal, keep for three more seasons for him to use his experience to guide and teach younger players in the team. He must not play every game; he should only feature in the big games where his skills and experiences are needed and that way, we can have a fresh Cazorla, who will spend more time on the pitch and lesser time on the treatment table.