Arsenal’s very own little Spanish genius Santi Cazorla was brought off on Wednesday night after getting a stamp on his Achilles, and Arsene Wenger warned that he may not be fit enough to face Middlesbrough this weekend.
But now Cazorla himself has announced that he is not worried in the slightest and thinks he will be okay for the weekend. The midfielder said yesterday: “I have a pain in the tendon,”
“I got a kick in the first half and during the second I still had some pain so, with the result in our favour, the boss decided to give me a rest.
“It was good to recover for Saturday.”
So that sounds like Santi wants to play, but is it even worth the risk to play him this weekend? We all know that Granit Zhaka is banned and Aaron Ramsey will not be risked by Wenger so early in his recovery, but we have Elneny on the sidelines who must be dying for a game and can surely fill the gap.
But I think my idea is better. I would love to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given a chance in his favourite position down the middle. I expect Iwobi, Walcott and Sanchez to lead the front line, but the Ox has shown some new found confidence this season and could perhaps show us that he could be the long term replacement for the 31 year old Cazorla in the future.
What do you think?