The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been looking back at Santi Cazorla’s incredible free-kick against Hull City in the FA Cup in 2014. The Spaniard bent a sublime effort into the top-corner to half Arsenal’s deficit to just one after the Gunners suffered an awful start to the game, finding themselves 2-0 down inside just eight minutes.
What. A. Goal.
Ohhhh Santi Cazorla pic.twitter.com/a9FBeIDpxL
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 17 May 2018
Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup that year 3-2 in extra-time after Laurent Koscielny equalised before Aaron Ramsey sealed the win with his 109th-minute strike. Rewatching the goal has had the Arsenal fans wishing that they could have their little magician back and fit soon. Cazorla has missed 18 months of football, last playing in October 2016, with plantar fasciitis.
If Arsenal could get Cazorla back to full fitness he would slot straight into the starting eleven. The 33-year-old would partner both Granit Xhaka or Aaron Ramsey with ease and would provide the club with creativity from a much deeper position. If he could get back on the pitch he would be allowing the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil to have a more free role. The next Arsenal gaffer has a real job on his hands with Cazorla as he’ll need to decide whether to cut their losses on the veteran midfielder or persist in the hope he can play again.
You can read our local Gunners’ verdict on Cazorla here:
We wouldn't have won if not for this free kick. Got us back right into the game and changed the momentum of the play.
— Quícksílver (@DashOfBellerin) May 17, 2018
It was wonderful seeing him back training. I hope him the best in whatever decision he makes on his future.
— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) 17 May 2018
Now post Koscielny Goal, then Ramsey winner, then Mikel Arteta lifting FA Cup. Then announce Mikel Arteta as Wenger successor!
— Renaldo Tushaj (@RenGunner) 17 May 2018
Can’t wait to have him back playing for Arsenal F.C..
— A faithful Goonerette (@SportsFreakRosh) 17 May 2018
Be with us next season bro
— PAUL GATE (@realpaulgate) May 17, 2018
This was when we won the match.
God I miss this little magician so much it hurts
— #M1Ö (@hawt_red) May 17, 2018
Indicating he’ll be an assistant to Arteta
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