Arsenal’s Injured Midfield Maestro Names His Return Date

After Danny Welbeck’s return gave Arsenal a much-needed boost in the race for the title, it now seems as though another long-term absentee is closing in on a return. Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla is recovering well from knee surgery and has penciled down the second leg against Barcelona in the Champions League as a potential return date.

As quoted by ESPN, Santi said: “I want to come back, it is hard to be outside and not be able to help. Even more in a game as important as this against Barca. My objective is to be back for the second leg. The knee is improving all the time, and I hope to make it.”

The playmaker has been out since November after sustaining a serious knee injury during the game against Norwich and his return will surely provide a massive boost for Arsene Wenger’s side. The Spaniard’s creativity, distribution and midfield running have all been missed immensely during his spell on the sidelines and one can only hope that Santi hits the ground running once he’s back.

If he achieves his target of returning to first-team action in time for Arsenal’s visit to the Nou camp, then he will be available for the last eight games of the season and will surely give the side a gigantic lift in the race for the Premier League title. The player is simply world-class and his return to action can really be a detrimental factor in Arsenal’s pursuit of the title.

But even with the return of the former Malaga man, it is difficult to see Arsenal getting past Barcelona and even more so, going all the way in the Champions League. But with a League and Cup double most certainly a realistic target, here’s hoping that Santi can return to action as quickly as possible and weave his magic on the pitch.

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    1. will have to alot of money.

      payet is alot better.
      ox only has youth on his side.

      hes very frustrating the ox….has all the tools. great psysique speed agility.
      has more to his game then 140k a week whippet walcott.
      still believe in him.

      think we can get 35 mill for theo?

      1. Only if a Chinese super league squad wishes to DRASTICALLY overpay for his limited skill set as a player

        He’s better served to be adored in the MLS, $140K a week..WTF?

    2. West ham compare Payet to Ozil, there’s no way that they will swap him for Oxy- lamesy -man ???

      The old Wenger would have snapped up Player’s like Payet, Mahrez and Kante long before anyone else knew about them!

      1. Payet Abameyang Stones
        Barclay Aurier Lukaku
        for 10 mill a piece 2/3
        years ago not 20-50 mill now.
        Me thinks that’s why we are buying a
        slew of 2-3 mill quid youngsters now.

        1. Hahahaha………. Barclay?…….. Do u possibly knw how much Barclay will cost us?

          Tell u what!…..i do knw….. The price for barclay is to beat the spuds, manure, citeh, hammers and the remaining fixtures

          that’s how much he cost!

    3. Gr8 idea, bt the deluded one would better sign the freebie Carrick than spend some money and give out one of his favorite toys

  1. Guys off topic, still recovering from yesterday`s defeat, my mood meter so low. My biggest worry is that Ozil might not renew his contract. Qzil is a very cool guy but yesterday, I think he was very frustrated, and he seems to have lost patience with some of our crap players like Ramsey, Ox and Mert.

    1. Yesterday was not
      Ozil’s type of game.
      We had very little possession
      so he was forced into
      defensive duties a lot which he carried out very well.
      Against Man U we will have a lot more of the ball
      then watch the assists meister rock.
      About time we avenged the 8-2.

    2. Just Wait and see what happens at the end of the season … Barcelona used to be one of his old bitter rivals, so you can understand why he was extra disappointed,
      Plus the turkish ref got on Ozil’s tits! … Ozil was caught on camera C###ing the ref in turkish ? ?
      No one likes that ref in Turkey, he got locked in the changing room for hours, (not to long ago), for not awarding the home team a blatant penalty. .. It took a phone call from the turkish president for them to release the ref from the ground ?

      Basically.. Ozil called the ref a ‘child of a prostitute’ ?

  2. @Editor
    “The player is simply world-class
    and his return to action can
    really be a “detrimental” factor
    in Arsenal’s pursuit of the title”
    I’m sure you did mean detrimental 🙂

  3. Santi is class. Really can put a stamp on the game.

    Ozil is a top player but he does seem to go missing in big games. He shouldn’t get too frustrated and should work on his ability to control and dictate a game and to be consistent and then one day maybe he could win a Ballon D’or.

    1. Ozil seemingly goes mssing because sans a fit Santi and in form Alexis he’s surrounded by a collection of muppets whos collective technical abilities and football brains are Championship worthy @ best.

      How many times do we have witness Ox, Theo and Ramsey barnstorming forward with heads down and not a clue in the world on there next play?

      Not picking on the the three but if Arsenal were guaranteed $60-70M for the three how many of you would have reservations about there departures? Are Welbeck, Campbell and Eleny not already capable replacements?

      1. Certainly the quality or lack there of doesn’t help me but for me he lacks the armoury to really take a game by the scruff himself. I guess he is not that kind of player.

        I actually rate Ramsey but being asked/played as a holding Mid is a tall order for him especially with his natural position and instinct being Attacking Centre Midfield.

        Walcott I agree with. Far too much hype and little product as can be said of the ox.

        Haven’t seen enough of Elneny to judge but for me Wellbeck and Campbell are good players but they are not at the level of say Bergkamp/Overmars/Pires et al.

        I think we lack quality front to back in key areas and is why the whole team suffers when they meet the big boys of European football.

        Signings, departures could have raised the bar but the opportunities to do so have been missed.

        Now we wait and see if it’s enough to bring home any bacon.

        1. Same, Ramsey is not meant to play Cazorla’s role, he’s absolute quality when he’s given the opportunity to support the striker, yesterday he couldn’t do that because Cazorla wasn’t there and we had no replacement for the Spaniard.

        2. I applaud Ramsey’s engine but just struggle to see him being a first team regular with Santi, Le Coq, and Ozil fit.

          I agree that Arsenal is woefully deficient at far to many positions to be a serious threat in Europe and future EPL seasons with City, Manure, Pool and Chelsea all ready to commence an arms race of spending.

          And as much as he is as an Arsenal living legend sadly this club will continue to underporm on and off the pitch with the Frenchman in charge.

          Can u imagine this team if the Arsenal board did the following and wouldn’t the product on the field be much better.

          Buy Lukaku and Stones from Everton
          Bolasi from CP
          Sell Theo, Ramsey and Ox

  4. So much anxiety surrounding the return of CazorLa

    but don’t forget he’s past 30, his form is bound to be on the Low as a result of his Long injury lay off

    incase he does a flamini on us… one will say they didn’t expect that

    Ramsey just can’t fill those shoes….not when he’s busy competing for the CF’s golden boot

    are there no younger players with Cazorla’s attributes round the market?….someone who could perfectly Lie-in wait to take over from him when the time comes?

    And Monreal…..he’s one of the best …… But gibbs is miles behind him and just isn’t the perfect deputy…. Clearly we need a younger monreal if we are not looking to have sleepless nights in the coming years..

    1. Talking of New signings.

      Who could come in should AW decide himself that his best days were behind him?

      De Boer, Simone, Pulis?…

  5. If you want to be like barcelona or bayern, buy german and players from spain. if you want to be more like liverpool, buy english players.

    when i remember the disslikes i got from the brain dead fan girls on this side, claiming that bale is superiour to santi in the cm role. wowa wiwa.

    Iwobi need to play more together with Jeff Reine-Adelaide

    1. Unfortunately KS that would require a manager who’s willing to play in form players or experiment with youth in an EPL title race.

      Ox over Campbell yesterday is a perfect example of Wenger’s repeated Insanity when picking his first 11.

      Some things will ever change

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