Arsenal Transfer News: Retaining Santi Cazorla Is Most Important Move of Summer

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Santi Cazorla of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Reading at Emirates Stadium on March 30, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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While fans usually get excited about the possibility of their favorite club adding big-name stars during the transfer season, it is often just as important to prevent anyone from leaving town.

Arsenal know this mindset all too well after losing top players like Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and others over the past few seasons. You can also look around the league and watch clubs like Tottenham struggle to hold onto Gareth Bale after putting together a fantastic season.

Therefore, as everyone was hoping to see a change of pace this summer after management claimed it was ready to spend big, keeping stars on the roster should be viewed as a success.

That is the case with midfielder Santi Cazorla, who recently stated that he has no interest in leaving Arsenal despite being linked with Atletico Madrid, according to Fox Soccer:

There has been a lot of speculation about a move to Atletico Madrid but I'm very happy at Arsenal, I have a contract there and I start training on Monday.

Perhaps I will return to Spain one day, but right now it's very unlikely.

The Spanish veteran has spent his entire career with La Liga until this past season, where he enjoyed a great deal of success with Arsenal. He led the squad with 11 assists in league matches while finishing second with 12 goals.

His consistent play was a major reason that the club was able to secure a top-four spot in the English Premier League while qualifying for Champions League next season.

According to, Cazorla averaged a 7.83 rating in league matches, which was the third-best mark in England behind only Bale and Luis Suarez. He constantly created opportunities for himself and teammates and helped the squad finish with the third-most goals in the EPL.

If Arsenal were to lose him as part of a transfer, they might not have been able to recover.

Obviously, this is not the big news that fans were hoping for this summer. According to James Dickenson of the Daily Express, the club remains in contention for Suarez. The same publication reported that Brazilian striker Bernard is also a possibility.

Mirror Football previously reported that Wayne Rooney could still end up going to Arsenal when all is said and done.

Despite these rumours, it still remains unlikely that any of these moves get completed. Even if Arsene Wenger were able to get one of the aforementioned players, it would not have been much of an improvement if Cazorla was lost.

Holding onto the 28-year-old midfielder is an important move that should not be overlooked when recapping the offseason. If the club is able to make any additions on top of that, it is simply a bonus.


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