Red alert: Cazorla is hoping to return to first-team action within weeks

By Alex Taylor

Santi Cazorla has stated that he could leave Arsenal if he does not continue to get regular playing time at the club.

Cazorla, 31, has been an integral component to the Gunners midfield since his arrival from Malaga in 2012.

The Spain international’s Arsenal contract runs out in June next year and Cazorla is yet to be offered a new deal by the club.

“I’m very happy here. The club has treated me very well. I’m in a great club and I’m playing minutes which is what I want,” Cazorla told Spanish Radio station Cadena Ser.

“If I didn’t play, then I would consider leaving but that is not the case. I have this season left under contract and we will see what the club decides regarding my future.

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“I will also decide what is best for me.”

Arsenal fans will be hoping that a deal is agreed quickly to prevent the midfield talisman leaving on a free-transfer next summer.

Cazorla has already played over 600 minutes of football this season in eight games, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

In total, Cazorla has bagged 29 goals and 44 assists in 177 games under Arsene Wenger.

Wenger’s side have enjoyed a strong start to the season, picking up 13 points from their first six games.

Wenger will be hoping Arsenal can collect their fifth win in five outings on Sunday against Burnley and guide his side up the table.

In other Arsenal news, Gunners fans were delighted on Twitter with winger Theo Walcott after his performance against Basel on Wednesday evening.