Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has dismissed reports that he was the subject of an offer in the summer from Atletico Madrid by insisting he was never concerned by the speculation.
Cazorla joined the Gunners in summer of 2012 and has very quickly become a favourite with the fans thanks to his impressive performances. An overall disappointing season was seen to be somewhat soothed by the 28 year old's successful debut campaign at the club.
However, rumours began circulating that the midfielder might consider a return to Spain, leaving Arsenal fans with the possobility of losing another star player.
Atletico Madrid were believed to be the club interested in Cazorla's signature but president Enrique Cerezo insisted such reports were not true. And now Cazorla has confirmed what was said by the club president and insisted that he was never considering an exit from Arsenal.
"There was never anything in that [the reports of an exit]," he told Marca. "Like Cerezo said, there was no offer made and I was always calm about it."
Arsenal being able to keep all of their big stars this summer was certainly a turnaround from recent summer transfer windows. The Gunners lost the likes of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alex Song to rival sides over the last three years.
But with players such as Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott signing new deals with the club over the last 12 months it would seem that Arsene Wenger can be somewhat assured in his current line-up, particularly after the boost of signing Mesut Ozil on deadline day.
After going eight years without a trophy, Arsenal are starting to flirt with the possibility of challenging for the title again, and Ozil insists that he plans to take the side further than his former club Real Madrid in the Champions League as well.