Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has joined Spanish club Alaves for further training to improve his fitness before the 2018-19 season.
Cazorla, who has been at the Emirates Stadium for six seasons, has left the Gunners this summer after serving two seasons on sidelines due to an injury on his right Achilles tendon.
Cazorla’s last match for Arsenal came on 19 October 2016 during a Champions League fixture against Ludogorets Razgrad.
The Spaniard almost lost his right foot after undergoing 11 separate operations on Achilles, but according to reports, the former Malaga star is now recovering well.
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Our Santi is leaving Arsenal 💔😭💔 I am so heart broken. Santi you made me fall in love with the game. I wish you well in whatever you choose to do next. You will always be our little magician 🎩 and we love you! Once a gooner, always a gooner 🔴⚪️ #santicazorla #cazorla #littlemagician #afc #arsenal #gooners #gunners #sc19
The 33-year-old is likely to re-join his former club Villarreal as the Yellow Submarines have also indicated a willingness to accommodate him.
“I am grateful to Alaves for the facilities they have offered to me,” Cazorla is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.
“The facilities here are very good and they’re even doing work to improve them further. [The youth teams and I] have had a nice experience. I tried to make sure they enjoyed the experience.”
Cazorla, who signed for the Gunners in August 2012 from Malaga, has scored 29 goals in 180 appearances in all competitions.
The Spain international has helped the then-Arsene Wenger side to win two FA Cups and two FA Community Shields.