Arsenal have announced that midfielder Santi Cazorla will leave the club this summer.
The 33-year old Spaniard will leave the North London club at the end of his contract this summer.
Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 as a result of a serious Achilles tendon injury after making 180 appearances for the Gunners since joining from relegated Spanish La Liga outfit Malaga in 2012.
The former Villareal star helped the club to two FA Cup titles from his time with Arsenal and scored in their 3-2 cup final win over Hull City at the Wembley Stadium in 2014.
While speaking on his summer exit, Cazorla said: “I am very sad to be leaving after so many great times.”
“I have loved my time with the club. I will always remember the special moments we had together. The FA Cup in 2014 is something we will never forget.
“I am very proud to be part of this club’s history.” he concluded.
Santi Cazorla will reportedly train with Villarreal before next season.
On his exit, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch.”
“His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years.
“He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare.
“We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club.” he added.