According to the Mirror, Santi Cazorla has ruled out a comeback this season and is concentrating on being fit and ready for the start of the next campaign.
The 32 year old has been out of action since October when he aggravated a long-standing Achilles problem against Ludogorets in the Champions League.
He underwent surgery in December and had to undergo another operation after a setback in his recovery.
Now it seems the rehabilitation is taking even longer that previously expected, and given how long he’s been out, getting back up to match fitness this season appears to be beyond him.
The Spanish international made just 11 appearances this campaign, and was out of action from November 29th last season until the final day when he played against Aston Villa in a 4-0 win.
Despite the ongoing issues with his fitness though, Arsenal have taken up the option on a year’s extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until June 2018.