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Arsenal confirm departure of fan-favourite midfielder

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Arsenal are set for major changes this summer and, having already waved goodbye to Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker, have confirmed the departure of another experienced figure.

The club officially confirmed yesterday that Spain ace Santi Cazorla will leave upon the end of his contract this summer and will bring an end to six years at the Emirates Stadium.

Cazorla, now 33, has not featured for the Gunners since October 2016 following a wealth of injury problems, which saw him at risk of seeing his right foot amputated, but is expected to continue his career with Villarreal.

A return to the Yellow Submarines lies ahead, with reports from Spanish outlet AS stating he’s gone on trial with the LaLiga outfit and could earn a one-year contract if he proves his fitness to the side.

Posting a video on social media, Cazorla issued a statement following his departure that said:

“I have loved my time with the club, and I will always remember the special moments we have had together. Our FA Cup win in 2014 is something we will never forget, it was a great moment for me and the club.”

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