Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla admits he wasn’t happy he didn’t say goodbye to the Malaga fans before he left the club
Cazorla left La Liga side Malaga back in 2012 after he helped the club qualify for the Champions League in 2012 for the first time in their history.
And, after a year at the club the Spain international moved to the Emirates, when the Andalusian club then encountered financial difficulties and had to offload several of their main players.
However, the 30-year-old told Sky Sports how it all happened so fast.
"I left because the club needed money," Cazorla said
"Arsenal was a good opportunity, but Malaga wasn't stable and it wasn't clear where they were headed.
"I know that in Malaga lots of people haven't forgiven me for the way I left.
"When I signed for Arsenal, everything happened so quick, I had to go to London.
"Arsenal had already started their pre-season and I had to go over there for a medical, and then I had to go to Holland to start to train with the squad.
"That all meant that I couldn't go to Malaga to hold a press conference to say goodbye to everyone face to face.
"In the end, I could only write a letter in which I expressed my gratitude and my affection for the club. I know a lot of people didn't like that.
"I'd like to apologise for not being able to say goodbye properly as I know that would have been the best thing.
"It still bothers me that I didn't get to do that for the fans."