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Cazorla to look elsewhere if Arsenal cannot win trophies

Apr 9, 2014, 8:21 AM EDT

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Santi Cazorla has had himself a very up and down year.

Seeing his playing time initially diminished with the arrival of Mesut Ozil, Cazorla has now played in 16 consecutive matches, missing just four total minutes during that span.

However, also during that run, the Gunners have seen themselves fall out of the Premier League title race, now in a battle just to retain their Champions League status.

Cazorla isn’t happy with this new development, and he threatened the club that he could leave if he no longer believes they offer him the chance to win trophies.

“I want titles and that is why I came to Arsenal,” Cazorla told Sport360. “Every football player wants to win titles. We’ve gone many years without winning one. And if not, what I’ll look for in my next destination is to have the chance to win.”

The Spaniard pointed to his age as a motivating factor, saying at 29 and two years left on his contract, he is running out of time.

“I don’t want to close doors, but nowadays I’ve a contract with Arsenal for two more seasons. When I’m turning 31 I’ll evaluate myself and I’ll choose the best option.”

Finally, Cazorla gave the indication that his first choice would be to return home. “In which case [I do leave], I would be delighted to come back [to Spain].”

His departure would be a significant blow to the Arsenal midfield and attack. Despite a significant drop in production this year from his 12-goal, 12-assist haul last season, the Spaniard still possesses a vicious pace on the ball and the ability to create havoc in the opposing area.

His totals of four goal and four assists are his lowest career combined totals since the 2006/07 season when he played in La Liga.

  1. lewpuls - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    This is the kind of moronic headline I see in English newspapers regularly. Cazorla says that when he’s 31 (presumably, at the expiry of his contract) he’ll look for a new club if Arsenal haven’t won things. Yet the headline “Cazorla to look elsewhere if Arsenal cannot win trophies” clearly implies NOW, not two seasons from now. Duh.

    Do you folks take lessons in “journalism” from complete trash like The Star and Daily Express?

    • Kyle Bonn - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      There’s plenty to remember here. A player of Cazorla’s quality doesn’t often allow his contract to expire. If he is going to leave he would do so at the end of next year, which is sooner than maybe most would have hoped. Often 2 years remaining on a deal is the moment when thoughts of a player’s future – either an extension or a move.

      I also don’t think anything about this headline suggests he’s leaving NOW. Trophies are a long-term discussion, especially a title. Obviously they’re out of the running this year, so the next one he would want to discuss is next year’s? Nothing about this would suggest he’s leaving this summer.

    • awad2251 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      If you choose to read the headline, but not the article, is that the writer’s fault or your fault?

  2. Comrade23 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Perhaps instead of laying blame at the feet of the club, Santi could look at himself. Bar a few performances, Cazorla has looked off the pace or even pedestrian for large stretches of this season. If he had been up to it, perhaps Arsenal would not have fallen away as badly as they have.

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