Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he’s keen to remain at the club beyond his current deal, but is still waiting for talks.
The 31-year-old has established himself as an integral part of the Gunners side, with Arsene Wenger deploying him in a deeper midfield partnership alongside the likes of Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka.
With the Spaniard using his vision, tenacity and passing ability to great effect, he has become a crucial figure in Arsenal’s push for silverware in recent years, and he’ll be so again this season.
However, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, there will be growing concern about his long-term future at the Emirates, but he’s not panicking just yet even though he has insisted he would like to extend his stay at Arsenal.
“I’m very happy here,” he told Cadena Ser. “The club has treated me very well. I’m in a great club and I’m playing minutes which is what I want. If I didn’t play, then I would consider leaving but that is not the case. I have this season left under contract and we will see what the club decides regarding my future. I will also decide what is best for me.”
When asked if he had been offered a new deal by the club, he responded: “No. I don’t have any news from the club in that respect. My focus now is on playing and to be able to enjoy playing football following a season when I had lots of [injury] problems.”
Cazorla has proven his importance with two goals and two assists in five Premier League starts so far this season, as well as his general influence on the way in which Arsenal play.
Combine that with what he has contributed when fit since his arrival in 2012, and there is certainly a strong case to make in favour of him extending his stay in north London.
Injury woes were an issue last year as they limited him to just 15 Premier League appearances, but if he can stay fit and perform to his usual level, then he’ll be confident of earning a new deal.