Santi Cazorla reveals ambitions to return to Arsenal as a coach under Mikel


Santi Cazorla reveals ambitions to return to Arsenal as a coach under former team-mate Mikel Arteta as Spain midfielder clings on to Euro 2020 ambitions

  • Santi Cazorla, 35, wants to become a coach or sporting director when he retires
  • Midfielder revealed ambitions to return to Arsenal, where he spent six years 
  • His compatriot and former team-mate Mikel Arteta is in charge there
  • Cazorla was hoping to make the Spain squad for this summer’s Euro 2020
  • But 12-month delay to the tournament has damaged his chances  

Santi Cazorla would welcome a return to Arsenal one day as part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff.

The Spaniard, 35, currently with Villarreal in his homeland, played alongside current Gunners manager Arteta for four seasons at the Emirates Stadium.

Midfielder Cazorla spent six years with Arsenal in all, playing 180 matches and twice winning the FA Cup.

Santi Cazorla (right) has revealed ambitions to work as a coach at Arsenal under his former Gunners team-mate and fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta (left)

Santi Cazorla (right) has revealed ambitions to work as a coach at Arsenal under his former Gunners team-mate and fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta (left)

Arteta and Cazorla were team-mates for four years at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger

Arteta and Cazorla were team-mates for four years at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger

But he doesn’t feel his association with Arsenal is over yet and would welcome a return in some capacity once he hangs up his boots.

‘I don’t know what my legacy is [at Arsenal],’ he told Vamos.

‘You would have to ask the fans, but I want to thank everyone.

‘I don’t know what I will do next, maybe a coach, maybe a sports director, but I would like to come back.’

Despite his advancing years, Cazorla had played himself back into the Spain national team and made four appearances last year.

Cazorla, 35, plays for Villarreal in LaLiga and also made it back into the Spain squad last year

Cazorla, 35, plays for Villarreal in LaLiga and also made it back into the Spain squad last year

Cazorla fears his chances of making the Spain squad for Euro 2020 have been damaged

Cazorla fears his chances of making the Spain squad for Euro 2020 have been damaged

However, the postponement of Euro 2020 by 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic has likely dashed his ambition of playing in another major tournament.

He said: ‘It is a bit frustrating because I had the dream of going to the European Championship.

‘I am aware that I am already 35 years old and that is more difficult every day to be in a group as good as the Spanish team.

‘It has been delayed a year and I am aware that it is much more complicated for me.

‘I was enjoying it a lot and I hope to continue doing it, if the competitions resumes, until the end of the season.

‘Next year I will decide and see what my body asks of me.’





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