Santi Cazorla has revealed that he would like to return to Villarreal one day.
The tiny Spaniard played for Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final opponents for eight years (excluding one season with Recreativo) before moving to Malaga in 2011 and on to Arsenal a year later.
Returning to full training, Cazorla is hoping that Arsenal will give him permission to travel to Anfield to watch the game as a fan.
Speaking to AS in Spain, Cazorla said “I would not rule out returning to Villarreal [at some point],” he said.
“Everyone knows how special that club is for me.
“If I get permission from my club I will be attending the second leg at Anfield, as another ‘groguet‘ [‘yellow’] supporter.”
Cazorla is expected to feature for Arsenal before the end of the season after recovering from knee and Achilles problems, but his return will be too late to salvage anything other than a top four finish.
It could be argued that his injury was the one that broke the back of Arsenal’s title challenge this season with no other player in the squad as good as distributing the ball from deep (amongst other things).
His loss was certainly felt more keenly than the absence of others, that’s for sure.