With the news that Arsenal fans will not be seeing any action from Santi Cazorla from now until the end of the current season has come a lot of talk about the Spaniard. Whether or not you think that his absence for much of this campaign has been a major factor in Arsenal’s title challenge faltering or not, I think we all agree that the club was right to take up the option of another year of contract for Cazorla, which has now been officially confirmed.
I am in the school of thought which believes that the little midfielder would have made a big difference for Arsenal’s chances of success in the Premier League and Champions League this season, so at least I am looking forward to seeing him back in action next season.
As Sky Sports are reporting, there is no specific time mentioned for his return, as has had to have another operation on his problematic ankle, but from the sounds of it this is a minor procedure that should not take long.
What it does mean is that Cazorla will not be involved in any international games this summer and should be fit and ready to go for the start of the new season and at 32-years old he sounds like he is desperate to help Arsenal to some more silverware before his playing career stats to wind down.
He said, “Everything was going well until I started to do some exercises on the bicycle and the stitches gave in.
“I had to have a minor operation to close the scar on Thursday afternoon.
“I had a graft done a month-and-a-half ago because the skin on my ankle was practically dead and that was the reason why the wound would not close when I first had my operation in Sweden.
“We hope this is the last one and I can return as soon as possible.
“I still have one year left on my contract and my only desire is to return to playing and to compete at the highest level.”
We will have to see what happens after this next year but I think there is a good chance that Santi may head back to Spain, so if he is going t5o win the Premier League it might be his last chance and having a fully fit and fired up player of his ability at the start of the new campaign could just maybe help us achieve it don’t you think?