Arsenal have confirmed that Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla will leave the club this summer as his contract expires at the end of June.
Cazorla, who joined Arsenal in 2012 from Malaga, has made the last appearance for the Gunners in October 2016 due to Achilles injury.
“Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch,” Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.
“His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years. 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 took to social media on Monday to post a heartfelt message to the Arsenal fans: “Hola Arsenal fans. I am sad to be leaving after so many great times.”
“I have loved my time with the club and will always remember the special moments we had together. You have always given me special support and I will miss you Thank you, everyone.”
We will really miss you @santicazorla ..His speed of thought,magic with both feet and great passion for the game were central to our successes in recent years..an Incredible player and person,He is easily one of the greatest ever @arsenal I will never forget you @santicazorla #Graciassanti #santicazorla #santicarzola19
Cazorla, who scored 29 goals in 180 appearances for the Gunners since 2012, has also represented Spain national team 77 times.