Santi Cazorla open to returning to Arsenal as a coach under Mikel Arteta

Santi Cazorla is open to being part of Mikel Arteta's coaching staff at Arsenal
Santi Cazorla is open to being part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff at Arsenal (Getty Images)

Santi Cazorla says he would welcome the chance to return to Arsenal as part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff.

The 35-year-old has been a key part of Villarreal’s midfield for the last two seasons and even earned a recall with Spain’s national team after a four-year absence last June.

Cazorla spent six years at Arsenal and helped the club win two FA Cup trophies under Arsene Wenger.

The midfielder also played alongside Mikel Arteta for four seasons at Arsenal and has already backed his former teammate to be a success after he replaced Unai Emery as manager in December.

But Cazorla has now indicated that he would be open to working as a coach under Arteta once his playing career finishes.

Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla spent four seasons together at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla spent four seasons together at Arsenal (Getty Images)

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

‘You 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.’

Cazorla also concedes that it is now ‘difficult’ for him to make Spain’s squad for their next major tournament after Euro 2020 was postponed for a year.

‘It is a bit frustrating because I had the dream of going to the European Championship,’ said the midfielder.

Santi Cazorla is open to another season with Villarreal
Santi Cazorla is open to another season with Villarreal (Getty Images)

‘I am aware that I am already 35 years old and that it 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 competition resumes, until the end of the season.

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

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