How much are Arsenal missing Santi Cazorla?

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….



  1. jon fox says:

    I imagine all on here would echo the writers words about Santi. But desperately sad though it be, we have to forget about him as a player – whilst wishing him every good luck as a man, a lovely man too – but realsing he will play no more significant part in our team, and most likely none at all in future. Football is a short and risky life for pro players and in part, that is why top players are hugely rewarded in pay. Santi and his family will not starve or go without. We all hope he gets fit enough to enjoy his life fully with them all. He will never be forgotten at Arsenal, thankfully. I just wish I could say the same for Wenger and for the same positive reasons. But I cannot,obviously. Remember , where Wenger is concerned, the true saying that “power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

  2. ThirdManJW says:

    Miss him so much! Even more so when you see the likes of Ramsey, and Xhaka in midfield! Very sad, but given the extent of his injury, coupled with his age, I think his career is over. Even if it’s only a quick cameo, I’d love to see him just one last time in an Arsenal shirt. He deserves a great send off from the fans.

    Get well soon Santi!

  3. ArseOverTit says:

    Nearly as much as having a decent manager and owner and board!

    1. Viera Lyn says:

      Classic “wag the dog” rhetoric…let’s stop wasting time discussing players who will never help this club in the future, reminds me too much of the Rosicky and Diaiby years, which provided our inept managerial hierarchy with a plethora of excuses for why we couldn’t succeed at the highest levels and/or why we didn’t make the necessary moves in the transfer market…this club will never win the EPL or compete in Europe until the Grinch who stole soccer and the Mustache who pays his ridiculous cheques are run out of town…hopefully they will take some of the overpaid and underwhelming deadwood players that WE’VE been supporting for years including Giroud, Walcott, Xhaka, Welbeck, Chambers, Monreal, Ramsey, DeBouchy, Campbell, Mertesaker, Coqs, Elneny, Cech and Wiltshire…if we don’t Wenger will gladly renew their contracts and they will represent the bulk of our starting lineup once Ozil and Sanchez move on

  4. Sue says:

    I love Santi… he’s like David Silva…. how we miss him! I was at his last prem league game. I’d give anything to have him back right now!!!

  5. John says:

    Hahaha……Carzola is no Michael Jordan…………last I checked football is a team sports………jees…….same guys calling and effusively praising the guy…….will tear him apart if he screws up…….with or without Carzola Arsenal should not have lost some of those games this season………….Wenger out…….we don’t want another Groundhog Day……….

  6. arie82 says:

    Dont worry, we got XHAKA, who have same skills as cazorla,
    good dribling, long shot, freekick, crossing, passing, vision, 2 footed and can play in many position such as both winger, am, cm and dlp.
    Fantastic, a real clone of cazorla…..

  7. Vlad says:

    With a healthy Santi Cazorla we’d be much closer to the top. Two years ago we desperately needed a quality replacement for him, and never got one. Well, we’re paying for it now.

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