Official: long-serving Arsenal man has left the club

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Santi Cazorla has been released by Arsenal after Spaniard spent six years at Emirates Stadium.

The veteran Spanish playmaker has joined the Gunners from La Liga outfits Malaga back in 2012 and became one of the key players for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The 33-year-old midfielder has won two FA Cups with Arsenal and scored an exquisite free-kick in the 2014 cup final against Hull City.

However, the veteran midfielder has been sidelined for the last 18 months with an Achilles injury and the Gunners have decided against handing the midfielder a new contract.

‘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,’ said Ivan Gazidis.’

“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.’

Cazorla had recently stepped up his recovery and was back in training with Arsenal’s first-team.

The midfielder sent a message to the Gunners fans after the announcement to thank them for their support during his injury-prone career at Emirates Stadium.

There had been talks that he could form part of Mikel Arteta’s backroom staff at the Emirates but Unai Emery has been officially announced as the Gunners next head-coach and source from Spain also claim that Cazorla could make a return to his former club Villareal.