Wenger hoping that Cazorla can return for Arsenal in January

Santi Cazorla’s genius has reached mythical proportions for Arsenal fans, and it seems now that we have never found a playmaker to emulate his silky skills for the Gunners. But Arsene Wenger, who has seen hundreds of awful injuries to Arsenal players in his lifetime, including the broken legs of Eduardo and Ramsey and the never-ending problems of Abou Diaby, has now admitted that Cazorla’s injury was ¡the worst he’d ever seen’, although it seems that Le Prof believes that the Spaniard’s problems are now over and thinks he will return to the squad in January, when he can be reinstated in the Premier League squad. Wenger said: ‘It is the worst injury I have known.

‘It started with a pain on the achilles and it has gone from worse to worse. I know how much Cazorla loves to play football and be out there every day and I really feel sorry for what has happened to him.

‘It is unbelievable. The last time I saw him was a month ago and I told him to prepare as well as he could and try to practice.

‘I hope he comes back in January. I left him out of the squad but hoping he will be available in January.”

Santi himself also seems confident of his return, as he described his injury recently he said: ‘He [Dr Mikel Sanchez] saw that I had a tremendous infection, that I had damaged part of the calcaneus bone and it had eaten the Achilles tendon. There was eight centimetres of it missing!

‘I do not have clearance until January, but I will come back by then.’

I must admit, I have been dubious that I would ever see Cazorla back in the Arsenal colours, but going by what he and Wenger have said, we may yet get him back for the second half of the season. I will definitely have my fingers crossed for him….



  1. Sue says:

    I sure do miss Santi

  2. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Will be like a new signing

  3. jon fox says:

    Like virtually all fans, I love Santi and all he stands for, both on and off the field. He is a warm, sunny loveable personality and clearly a thoroughly decent man . On field he brings something which no other of our players even remotely resemble. He is completely two footed, which is very rare and being thus can wriggle and turn dextrously to great effect. He has a great football brain and his year and a bit absence has devastated the team shape and effectiveness. However, he is 32, soon to be 33 and you have to wonder if he will ever recover his great usefulness and way of making the team tick. We all surely fervently hope so but do we EXPECT so too ? I have no idea but it is obvious his future playing role at Arsenal can not now be long term, whatever happens. A shrewd manager would be making firm plans to import another of this type from whatever source he can, because were Cazorla now only 25 and fit to play he would be worth a huge fortune in todays market. But , he is not fit and he is ageing. I feel he is the one player who we have the hardest time of all, to ever properly replace. Let us be thankful we had and still have him. But it is abundantly clear that we can no longer depend on his past excellence for anything other than , hopefully, at least a short term. Rosicky fell into a similar category of being impossible to replace, being another great guy and player but so often unfit. Why oh why couldn’t this unfortunate fate fall to the Elnenys or Coquelins/ Xhakas of our squad instead! Or better still to no one, even though I would not be sorry if Xhaka never wore our shirt again.

  4. Mitch Connor says:

    I love you Carzola. If I were a girl or gay I would have a poster of you shirtless in my room.
    Seriously, he has been a fantastic player for us. I don’t use the term world class often. Alexis is our only world class player. Cech and Koscielny used to be world class. In my opinion Cazorla was too.

    Cazorla nearly lost his foot to gangrene. He would have had trouble walking let alone playing. I feel really sorry for him. Hope he gets fit asap

    Such a small, creative Mozart. None of our central midfielders are of his quality ie. Ramsey, Xhaka, coquelin, eleny, wilshere and even Ozil.
    Cazorla and Rosicky were excellent players for us in central midfield

    1. Mitch Connor says:

      So was Viera. I hope we replace him one day lol

      1. jon fox says:

        Mitch, Yes we all hope we replace Viera “one day”. But “one day” has already been 12 years waiting for it it to arrive and as amply proved over those 12 years, “one day” will never arrive while Wenger remains. I hope to lose Wenger in “one day”, starting yesterday!

  5. the Drax says:

    I miss santi and tomas 7 alot …

  6. Bur says:

    I hope he can make a return but I have to say it’s sad that Arsenal seem to be depending on a 34 year old to save our season.

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