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'Santi is a special player and special person'

It's a sad day for the club as Santi Cazorla waves goodbye after a six years with us - and Nacho Monreal will feel his exit more than most.

The Spain internationals formed a close bond, and the left-back says he has been in touch with his good friend throughout his fight to return to full fitness over the past year.

"It has been really difficult because Santi is one of the best players for Arsenal," Monreal told Arsenal Player. 

"We miss him on the pitch and outside the pitch. You can’t imagine how important he is, every day members of staff, team-mates ask me about him so we have missed him a lot.

"I speak with him every week, we are in contact, I ask him how he feels, so we are in touch.

"Everyone loves Santi because he is a special player and special person, when you are with him you feel happy because he is laughing all the time, he is very positive in any moment and that makes you feel better when you are next to him. 

"This is why he is so popular and why so many people love him."


Santi Cazorla leaves the club

Santi Cazorla is leaving the club after coming to the end of his contract.

Santi joined us from Malaga in the summer of 2012, during which time he established himself as an integral part of the team and proved to be one of the most technically-gifted players in the Premier League.
Making 180 appearances for us in six years, Santi scored 29 goals in all competitions, helping the team win two Emirates FA Cups and two FA Community Shields. 

His importance to us was emphasised with his sublime free-kick in the 2014 Emirates FA Cup final, which sparked our unforgettable comeback to win the trophy.
Santi, who has not appeared for us since sustaining an Achilles injury in October 2016, has sent a heartfelt message to fans from Spain which you can see below.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “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.”