Arsenal confirm Santi Cazorla to leave club when contract expires
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 22/05/18 7:52am
Arsenal have confirmed Santi Cazorla will leave the club when his contract expires next month.
The Spaniard scored 29 goals in 180 appearances for the Gunners, but his time at the Emirates has been disrupted by serious injury.
Cazorla's last appearance for Arsenal was back in October 2016, with an Achilles injury keeping him out of action since then.
The 33-year-old, who has 78 caps for his country, signed for Arsenal from Malaga in the summer of 2012.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis paid tribute to Cazorla, saying: "Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch.
"His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years. He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare.
"We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club."
Cazorla took to social media on Monday to post a heartfelt message to the club's supporters, which read: "Hola Arsenal fans. I am sad to be leaving after so many great times.
"I have loved my time with the club and will always remember the special moments we had together. You have always given me special support and I will miss you.Thank you everyone."