Santi Cazorla Apologises For 2012 Arsenal Transfer

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Gunners midfielder sorry for deal that saw him leave Malaga

Santi Cazorla has apologised to the fans of Malaga for the deal which saw him leave the La Liga side so suddenly in 2012 and move to Arsenal.

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The Spanish midfield maestro joined the Gunners unexpectedly quick in the summer of 2012 after Malaga’s chief investor Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani withdrew his investment from the club soon after it had committed to major transfer deals.

Cazorla was only with the club for one season after joining in 2011 along with the likes of Isco, Jeremy Toulalan and now fellow Gunner Nacho Monreal and was one of the first players to leave, effectively put up for auction, after one impressive season as the club needed to recoup money to pay player and staff wages.

“I want to apologise to the Málaga fans for not giving them the goodbye they deserved,” he said to Revisita Panenka.

“Everyone always asks us why it happened. The players and coaches did their job but they didn’t pay us, they didn’t have money and they were forced to sell. It was a shame because we had a great group in place and we could’ve defined an era at the club.”

Despite helping Arsenal to their first trophy in nine years, the little Spaniard was rumoured to be on the way out of North London this summer.

However, with the absence of Mesut Ozil, Cazorla has relished the midfield role he has been afforded and has since become one of the North London side’s players of the season; starring in their recent 2-0 win over Manchester City.


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