Santi Cazorla was in outstanding form on Tuesday evening as his Villarreal side played out a thrilling 4-4 draw with Barcelona in La Liga.
The ex-Arsenal man looked as if he had inspired the Yellow Submarines to a stunning win over the league leaders but Barca rescued a point in the final few minutes following goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Cazorla was just toying with Ernesto Valverde’s side at times and created eight chances in the game and registered one assist.
Allowed to depart Arsenal last summer after his struggle with injuries, Cazorla has played in 37 games this campaign for his new side amid doubts that he may never play the game again following his injury problems.
Speaking last week, the 34-year-old claimed that he is very close to his best form after playing week in, week out in La Liga.
“I worked really hard to recover my best form,” he told Omnisport, as reported by Goal. “Recovering my best form has always been my only target, otherwise I would have retired.
“You never know how you feel until you’re back in really competitive games, and game by game I’ve been gaining my best form. I’ve been playing more and more minutes until I forgot about my injury and my performances on the pitch improved.
“Nowadays I’m really close to my very best. I still have margin for improvement, but I never thought I would have got back to this level one year ago.
“Now I value everything much more. I enjoy each training session and every time I board the coach to reach the stadium, I remember the bad moments I lived through and what a difficult journey it was to go back to playing football.”
Arsenal fans certainly had plenty to say on Twitter about his performance on Tuesday evening as he ran rings around the champions.
With plenty of supporters just glad to see him back on the pitch enjoying his football once again after his problems, some have even called for Unai Emery to bring him back to the Emirates in the summer.
Here are some of the tweets from the fans;