We know it’s not necessarily an Arsenal story, but anyone who doesn’t love Santi Cazorla is dead inside and we could all use a bit of feel-good these days.
The 33 year old was unveiled at his former club having signed a 12 month contract after proving his fitness during pre-season.
‘The magic has returned!’, exclaimed the announcement on the Villarreal website as 4500 fans turned up to the stadium to watch him appear in a smoke filled capsule on the pitch.
If that doesn’t sound like a lot, the town itself only has a population of around 50,000 so that’s a good chunk of them there to welcome back Santi.
— Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) August 9, 2018
Cazorla took photos, handed out gifts to young fans, and he’ll now look to make a contribution in La Liga next season for the team he began his professional career with.
After enduring a horrendous time with injury at Arsenal, during which he underwent repeated surgeries to try and stem an infection of his Achilles tendon which required skin grafts from his arm, it looked like he might be forced into retirement, but thankfully the football world will get to enjoy him for another little while.
We love Santi Cazorla here, and wish him all the best for the new season.