Come on we surely know that we will not be seeing Santi Cazorla playing for Arsenal’s first team any more, it has just gone too far past the point of no return by now, but then again Wenger gave the little Spaniard a one year extension last season, even though he was fatally injured in October after playing just 8 League games for the club.
But Santi still has that contract and Wenger admitted today that he expected Cazorla to return to the Emirates soon. “The latest news is that he is supposed to come back now. He had his latest surgery and we have to see where we go from there.
“I sent him a message two weeks ago and wished him well, hoping to see him soon. He has not come back yet because he has just had surgery. The medical people know much better than I do whether he will play again in 2018 before the end of the season. Before the end of the season will be hard for him.”
So the Boss was then asked if Cazorla could be given yet another contract, and he replied: “That depends on his medical availability at the top level. We have to assess that until the end of the season – if Santi is fit and available to play, then yes. Of course, we have to see that.
“That is why I tell you it is a complicated situation because first of all we love him, second of all he is a great football player but the third situation is that you need to be healthy today to play at the intensity that is needed in the Premier League. So we have to see if he can absorb that or not.”
Let’s be honest, can you really see him getting back to that level of fitness again? He turned 33 last month and even if he was fit he would be unlikely to reach the levels required for the Premier League ever again. Maybe Wenger will turn him into a youth coach like Mertesacker….