Santi Carzola: Arsenal Hero Confirms Talks With Mikel Arteta Over Emotional Return to the Club

Santi Carzola: Arsenal Hero Confirms Talks With Mikel Arteta Over Emotional Return to the Club

Fred Kennedy
June 10, 2024 at 11:35 AM
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  • Spanish midfielder, Santi Carzola, spent about six years with Arsenal before he quit the Premier League side in 2018
  • The 39-year-old star, who played alongside Mikel Arteta, was a fan favourite at the Emirates club during his stint
  • The former Al Sadd midfielder currently plies his trade with Spanish second-tier side, Real Oviedo, who he joined last summer

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Former Arsenal midfielder, Santi Carzola, has confirmed he has held talks with Mikel Arteta about an emotional return to the club.

Carzola was a huge fan favourite during his spell with the Gunners between 2012 and 2018.

Santi Carzola has hinted at returning to Arsenal. The midfelder left the Premier League side in 2018. Photo by Michael Regan.
Santi Carzola has hinted at returning to Arsenal. The midfelder left the Premier League side in 2018. Photo by Michael Regan.
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The Spaniard, who won two Euros with La Roja in 2008 and 2012, helped the north Londoners win two FA Cup trophies.

After an injury-laden spell in his final months with Arsenal, Carzola departed the Premier League club six years ago.

According to Metro UK, he went on to join La Liga side, Villarreal, in what was his third stint with the club.

After his time with Qatari side, Al Sadd, the midfielder is back in Spain with second-tier outfit, Real Oviedo.

Carzola ready for Arsenal return

However, the 39-year-old is seemingly angling for a reunion with Arteta at Arsenal.

The Spanish midfielder recently confirmed that he has held talks with his former teammate over a possible return to join Arteta's coaching staff.

"I have a very special affection for Arsenal. I spent six wonderful years there, and I know how much all the people love me there," he told Sky Sports.
"Of course, I was fortunate to share a dressing room with Mikel Arteta and now he is the manager.
"We will see what the future holds for me. It is clear that Arsenal is a club that has always left the door open to me to return.

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