Santi Cazorla insists Arsenal FC lack winning mentality and has hinted at a possible departure if he fails to win trophies with the Gunners.
Santi Cazorla signed a contract extension with the Gunners last month, but he has stated in a recent interview that he would consider leaving Arsenal if he fails to win trophies with the London club. Cazorla stated that at his age winning titles is important for him personally and that he will even consider returning to Spain if the need arises.
“I want titles and that is why I came to Arsenal. Every football player wants to win titles. We’ve gone many years without winning one. And if not, what I’ll look for in my next destination is to have the chance to win.
“I don’t want to close doors, but nowadays I’ve a contract with Arsenal for two more seasons. When I’m turning 31 I’ll evaluate myself and I’ll choose the best option. In which case, I would be delighted to come back [to Spain].” – The Arsenal midfielder said.
Arsenal, who were in involved in the title race for most part of the season, have fallen behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea as their form has suffered and they have gone on to lose important matches against title rivals. They were also knocked out of the League Cup and Champions League, and the FA Cup remains their only hope of salvaging this season. The former Malaga midfielder, who joined the Gunners back in 2012, went on to say that Arsenal lack winning mentality and that they didn’t recover from the defeat against Bayern Munich.
“We’ve been unlucky in several games. We had a lot of chances to win against Manchester United and there was Ozil’s penalty (against Bayern. We couldn’t recover after going out against Bayern in the Champions League.
“And the defeat against Stoke finished us. You can’t lose against Stoke if you aspire to be the next champion.
“We haven’t got a winning mentality and we have to believe in ourselves (more). Sometimes you can get used to not fighting, but we can’t do that. Arsenal is and will always be a historic football club, we have to look forward.” – Santi Cazorla added.
Cazorla also pointed out that the Gunners need to spend and buy quality players in order to compete with the rest. Arsenal were criticized heavily for failing to add to their squad in the January transfer window despite facing a lot of injury problems – something which has been pointed out as the biggest reason why they have failed to keep up with other title challengers.
“Arsenal has everything to win. History, infrastructure, an incredible stadium and great players.
“But we have to improve at crucial moments and sign the best football players because if you don’t do that, you may lag behind others.
“That is what makes it different at other clubs. You’ve a good example in Manchester City who signed Fernandiho, (Alvaro) Negredo… or even Manchester United with (Robin) Van Persie and (Juan) Mata.
“Arsenal know what they need next season, but it’s almost impossible to win a title if we haven’t got these kind of things.” – He explained.
Arsenal did break their bank to sign Mesut Ozil at the start of this season, but the German international has failed to maintain his early season form and the long season has taken its toll on him. Cazorla believes Ozil will need time and support to adapt to this new league and has maintained his importance to the side.
“He has come at a difficult time. When he arrived in London, he did an extraordinary job and people demanded his best level every match.
“But when he decreased his performance, the team suffered.
“Besides, I read a lot of articles about Ozil in Spain that affected him. We need to give him confidence and to show affection.” – Cazorla said.
When asked about who he though were the favorites to win the title Cazorla said: “Liverpool are just in one competition and that could be decisive. Chelsea are a competitive and effective team and just to score a goal (against them) is very difficult.
“On the other hand, you have Manchester City with the best squad in the Premier League and a great manager.
“I learnt a lot from of all of the managers I have played for, but if I had to choose one it would be Pellegrini.
“He’s the coach that has given me the most during five to six years that I worked with him at Villarreal and Malaga.
“He was the first person who took me to Malaga. We have a great relationship and I congratulate him because he’s doing well. But Manchester has not called me.”
The above comments will not go down well with the fans, especially considering Cazorla himself has failed to deliver consistently this season. This will also draw a lot of suitors and Arsenal could expect some offer for the Spaniard in the summer.