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Santi Cazorla bids farewell to Arsenal: A look back on his departure announcement in 2018

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Santi Cazorla announced that he was leaving Arsenal on this day in 2018 after six years at the club.

The Spanish midfielder, then 33, has made 180 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, scoring 29 goals since his move from Malaga in 2012.

Out of action since October 2016 with an Achilles injury, he had to leave as his contract was coming to an end.

Cazorla’s time at Arsenal included two FA Cup triumphs when he scored a free-kick in the 2014 final that Arsène Wenger’s team won 3-2 to kick off a comeback after they lost to Hull by a score of 2-0 at Wembley.

In a video message to fans, Cazorla said, “I am very sad to leave after so many great moments.

“I enjoyed spending time at the club and I will always remember the special moments we spent together.

“Our FA Cup win in 2014 is something we will never forget, it was a great moment for me and for the club.

“I want to thank you very much because you always give me special support. I am very proud to be part of the history of this club and wish you all the best; I will miss you very much”.

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