Cazorla wants new Arsenal deal despite Atletico Madrid link

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Diminutive Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla is a valuable piece of the Arsenal puzzle and — opinion alert — his health is probably the biggest reason the Gunners couldn’t chase down Leicester for the Premier League title last season.

Cazorla, 31, has two goals and a pair of assists in seven Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season after being limited to 15 appearances in 2015-16. Arsenal went 11W-8D-4L in his absence, and 9-3-3 when he was on the pitch.

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Arriving from Malaga in 2012, Cazorla has been a fixture for Wenger’s side. And he’d like to stick around, despite rumors of a move to Atletico Madrid (whom he calls an “amazing club”).

From Sky Sports:

“I am happy here. I am trusted by the manager and my team-mates.

“I am feeling important here, and if they’ll offer me a new contract, I’ll sign it because I am very happy with this great club.”

Away from on-field things, Cazorla joined Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil for some play-by-play of the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Manchester United. We particularly enjoy Cazorla’s call of an Alexis Sanchez goal that begins, “Pass it, Alexis, pass it” and ends with a laser goal.