Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been out of action since October with an achilles injury and has been ruled out for the season due to a setback in his recovery. The Spanish playmaker, who joined the Gunners in 2012, has made just 22 Premier League appearances since the start of the 2015/16 season with injuries limiting his game time. His contract is up in the summer and the club haven’t offered an extension so will Cazorla leave at the end of the season?
Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla is expected to be out for the season after a setback with an achilles injury and manager Arsene Wenger admitted sadness that the Spaniard won’t be featuring again for the Gunners. Cazorla picked up the initial injury back in October but has endured setbacks on the road to recovery which have kept him sidelined ever since.
The 32-year-old has made seven Premier League starts this season, scoring and creating four goals. He was key at the heart of the midfield, collecting the ball from the defence and feeding the attack in a simple fashion, retaining high level of possession as well as dictating tempo. Cazorla has struggled with injuries over the last couple of seasons, however, and his manager laments his latest absence.
With Santi Cazorla having underlying problems with an ankle injury, Aaron Ramsey suffering from muscle problems limiting his game time, Mohamed Elneny falling down the pecking order and Francis Coquelin enduring a dramatic dip in form, do Arsenal need to invest in central midfield for next season?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be a feature in a central role for the rest of the campaign given his industry and creativity, which raises questions on why so many other options have failed to convince given Arsenal’s depth in the position. Jack Wilshere would have been a like-for-like replacement for Cazorla but he’s been on loan at Bournemouth.
Arsenal have experienced an injury blow with Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla ruled of the rest of the campaign through an ankle injury. The 32-year-old had not played for Arsenal since being substituted in the Gunners 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets in October.
Arsenal does have a lot of midfield talent, but even so the Gunners are likely to miss the influential little Spaniard. There is certainly not a like for like replacement for the playmaker in the Gunners squad.
Influential in retaining possession
The 32-year-old midfielder Santi Cazorla has been ruled out since October and according to the reports from Daily Mail, the Spanish international is out for the rest of the season with the fresh injury setback.
Cazorla has been hit with an ankle injury during the recovery process and is thought to be in need for a third operation since December which is expected to end his hopes of getting back on the pitch this term.
Santi Cazorla firs went under the knife in December 2016 to deal with the Achilles tendon, which further on required an additional surgery last month in effort to permanently cure the problem.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Santi Cazorla could be out of action for a further three months after suffering a setback in his recovery from an achilles injury. The Spanish international has been out of action since October and may not be back for the Gunners until spring.
“At the moment, he is far (from returning). It’s not going as quickly as I imagined it, so certainly in January he will not come back. It is (frustrating) because he’s such a great player and as well because he has started the season in such a tremendous way. He was the dominating player in our squad at the start of the season and we suddenly lost him,” said Wenger.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly made a personal phone call to Juventus star playmaker Miralem Pjanic regarding a potential move to the Emirates Stadium.
The French tactician is in the market searching for replacements for Santi Cazorla, who is believed to be heading towards the exit door at Arsenal.
The 32-year-old Spain international is currently sidelined with injury after having a surgery on his chronic ankle problem last month, but is running out of contract and is unlikely to be offered a new deal at the Emirates.
Arsenal are being linked with Real Madrid midfielder Isco who is reported to have told his manager that he wants to leave the club in January. The Gunners are rueing their luck as playmaker Santi Cazorla is ruled out for up to three months with injury, but Isco would provide a fantastic long-term replacement.
The 24-year-old has failed to nail down a starting role with Los Blancos this season, but has impressed in a more withdrawn central midfield role under manager Zinedine Zidane. Isco has scored and created four goals in his new position for Real Madrid, averaging a successful dribble and chance created every 22 minutes.
Arsenal were eliminated out of the EFL Cup as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Southampton last night, but it was not all doom and gloom for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger delivered some good news as he confirmed that in-form striker Olivier Giroud stands a good chance of returning into action against West Ham.
At the same time, Santi Cazorla still has an inflammation in hi Achilles, and the manager admits he has no idea when the Spaniard will be ready for first team football.
“Giroud is short, but has a chance to be available for Saturday,” Wenger said.
Arsenal’s injury list is rising game after game of late with Olivier Giroud the latest player on the sidelines. Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was also seen treating a minor problem on his leg in Sunday’s Premier League victory over Bournemouth but his issue hasn’t been deemed as anything too serious.
Mathieu Debuchy came off 15 minutes into his long-awaited return for the Gunners with a pull in his hamstring, and Arsenal are now without eight first-team players in November. Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), Olivier Giroud (hamstring), Héctor Bellerín (ankle), Santi Cazorla (achilles), Chuba Akpom (back), Per Mertesacker (knee), Danny Welbeck (meniscus) are Lucas Pérez (ankle) on the treatment table, but Perez is close to making an appearance.