Juan Mata was chased out of Chelsea by Jose Mourinho in 2014, and their relationship has only slightly improved since The Special One followed his former charge to Manchester United.
With Mata out of contract in the summer, he's set to return to a trusted former manager.
According to TalkSport, Mata will join Arsenal on a free transfer this summer, where he will reunite with manager Unai Emery, whom he worked under for three seasons at Valencia.
It was at the Mestalla that the 30-year-old first broke into the Spain team, and parlayed his fine form into a move to West London.
And now it seems he's set to return to the English capital, this time swapping West London for North.
With Henrikh Mkhitaryan underperforming since his own move from Old Trafford to Arsenal, Emery could be on the lookout for a new midfield maestro, and a reunion with Mata could be just what he needs.
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