Santi Cazorla continued his career renaissance with a piece of skill right from the top shelf as his beautiful touch set up Gerald Moreno for a brilliant volleyed goal.
For the last two years of his time at Arsenal it looked likeCazorla’s careerwould come to a sad end, especially for such a hugely talented player.
But, back at Villarreal for the third time in his career, the 35-year-old has proved that his career was far from over with a series of wonderful performances in the past two seasons.
On Sunday he was back at it again with a marvellous first touch cushioned pass, off a route one pass from the keeper, to set up Moreno, who hit the perfect volley home.
Sensational goal to double Villarreal’s lead! :raised_hands:
The cushioned touch for the assist from Cazorla
Moreno’s emphatic volley to finish :heart_eyes:pic.twitter.com/gEpLdDVNCC
– Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV)June 28, 2020
What was that?????
Sergio Asenjo long ball to the edge of opposite box, Cazorla makes the first touch (with left foot) without bouncing a pass to Gerard Moreno which volleys the ball from outside the box. 2-0!
– Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague)June 28, 2020
Santi Cazorla’s assist today for Villarreal takes him to 16 G/A in La Liga this season. No La Liga midfielder has managed more. He’s 35. :flushed:
– AfcVIP⁴⁹ (@VipArsenal)June 28, 2020
Here it is. One of the most aesthetically pleasing goals of the season. THAT Cazorla touch/assist is RIDICULOUS…then Moreno’s finish.https://t.co/vbyTPJ5Q6J
– David Cartlidge (@davidjaca)June 28, 2020
If you had stopped LaLiga today, with the exception of Lionel Messi, I would have voted for Santi Cazorla as player of the year. He’s a genius.
– Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara)June 28, 2020
Cazorla’s injury withArsenalsaw him get an incredible eight surgeries on the achilles tendon and ankle area and he even contracted gangrene at one point.
He was told at one point he would never run again and eventually left north London in 2018 having played just 11 times in his final two seasons at the Etihad.
The two time Euros winnerreturned to Villarreal, initially to train, and played his first game in over 600 days in a preseason friendly ahead of last season, finally signing for the club on August 9th 2018.
His form for Villarreal last season earned him arecall to the Spain squadand he made his first appearance for the national team in over four years against Faroe Islands last June.
He hasn’t dipped in form this season either with eight goals and now eight assists in La Liga as Javier Calleja’s side have reached sixth in the league, helped by Cazorla’s assist in the 2-0 win over Valencia this weekend.
Cazorla is set to make an announcement on his future sometime soon and it’s not known whether he’ll carry on past the end of the season, with touches like the assist on Sunday you’d think there’s plenty of time and skill left in him yet.