Santi Cazorla hopes Spain can lift an unprecedented fourth straight major title at the 2014 World Cup - to bring some much-needed happiness to the country.
The Arsenal midfielder is acutely aware of how the difficult economic situation in his homeland is affecting many of his compatriots.
Having missed the tournament in South Africa three years ago, Cazorla is desperate to play in Brazil and offer an “escape” to the Spanish people.
Spain is going through a difficult period and football is way of escape for many Spaniards. I hope we can bring home the trophySanti Cazorla
“World Cup 2014 has an extra meaning for me,” he told Arsenal Player. “Unfortunately I couldn’t play in 2010 due to a back injury.
“Spain ended up lifting the trophy and not being part of that is still at the back of my mind. There’s nothing like playing in the World Cup and representing your country. I hope I can experience that and I hope the Spanish national team can bring a bit of happiness to the country.
“Spain is going through a difficult period and football is way of escape for many Spaniards. I hope we can bring home the trophy.”
Cazorla admits that, with the tournament on the horizon, every player has even more motivation to perform at their very best this season.
“Everyone is thinking about the World Cup,” he said. “Arsenal’s Belgian or German players are already thinking about it because they have already collected their tickets to the tournament.
“The World Cup is a competition held every four years and you don’t always qualify for it. I hope to be part of it because this might be my only chance to play in a World Cup."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source