The FA’s newly released ‘Players under Written Contract‘ list reveals Arsenal have re-registered Santi Cazorla meaning the club have triggered an automatic one-year extension of the Spaniard’s current contract.
The decision to extend the 32-year-old’s deal will come as a boost to Santi who hasn’t played since November after undergoing surgery on his Achilles. Wenger confirmed last week that a recent follow-up procedure means the midfielder is at least six weeks away from making a return.
Since joining the Gunners from Malaga in 2012, Cazorla has scored 29 goals in 180 appearances. As stats-guru Orbinho reveals, he’s also been integral to our success on the pitch during the last five years, providing a vital link in the midfield.
Arsenal Premier League win percentage with Santi Cazorla starting this season 86%, Without him 46%
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) January 4, 2017
Arsenal win percentage with Cazorla starting since Aug 2013 – 66%. Without Cazorla 44%
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) December 19, 2016
He also has a lovely smile.
Arsenal yesterday confirmed that Per Mertesacker, who also had a similar clause in his contract, would also be staying for another season.
Props to the team at Daily Cannon for spotting Santi’s registration!