The former Gunners star admits that those at Emirates Stadium have been told about the potential of two of his current team-mates Santi Cazorla has revealed that the current Villarreal team-mates Pau Torres and Samuel Chukwueze are potential targets for his former Arsenal club.
Two promising talents in El Madrigal’s books attract admiring glances from all over Europe.
Highly rated center-half Torres and tricky winger Chukwueze are expected to be part of the transfer scramble at some stage, with big-money moves seemingly in the offing.
Cazorla spent six years in North London before making an emotional comeback to Villarreal told Marca when he asked whether he had made calls to two talented colleagues: “Yes, friends from Arsenal in particular.
“They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premiership tomorrow.
“It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone here.
“They still have to take steps forward. They both have a great personality, and their feet are on the ground.
“In Pau’s case he hears constant talk of [Manchester] City or Barcelona, but he is aware that he has to keep growing as a player and that in the future we will see where he can go.”
Cazorla’s contract is, however, due to expire at the end of the season and the 35-year-old admits no decision has been taken on whether fresh terms will be agreed.
Cazorla added: “I never plan anything long-term, let alone at 35 years of age.
“I will finish the season and see what my body tells me because every day I wake up the sensations are different.
“I always said that I was returning here to play at my best level and when I see that I am not at 80% I will step aside and give way to younger players.”
“At the moment I am happy, but the age shows, injuries can happen and it gets harder and harder.
“I will not make any decision right now, but it is clear that playing in Europe is attractive for any player. I will decide this summer, he concluded.”