during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final leg one match between Arsenal FC and Atletico Madrid at Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Arsenal have confirmed that Santi Cazorla has left the club.

Cazorla played under Arsene Wenger for six seasons after joining from Malaga in 2012, but he will follow the former manager out of the Emirates Stadium exit.

The 33-year-old saw the latter phases of his Arsenal career marred by an achilles injury sustained in October 2016 and hasn’t featured for the Gunners since.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch,’ Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said on the club’s website. ‘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.”

Despite his trouble with injury, Cazorla returned to Arsenal training at the start of May but was unable to make a return to the match-day squad.

Having made 129 Premier League appearances under Wenger before suffering his horror achiles injury, Cazorla played an integral role in the side during his first three seasons, missing only eight league games.



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