Wenger positive on Santi Cazorla, but Spaniard remains out until new year


Arsene Wenger says that he’s sure Santi Cazorla will play for Arsenal at the highest level again, and provided a positive update on the midfielder’s fitness.

However, the Spanish international is unlikely to make it out onto the pitch again until the new year as he recovers from an ongoing Achilles problem.

The 32 year old has had eight operations on his ankle, but looks to be heading in the right direction finally according to the Arsenal boss.

“He’s having his first run today, so that is quite positive,” he said at his press conference this morning.

“The flexibility of his ankle looks good, his mobility looks good, now it’s back to getting back to fill fitness without any setbacks so it’s very difficult to predict when he’ll be available again.

“Overall it’s very difficult to set the time. Not before Christmas, that is why I did not include him in Europa League, but hopefully after Christmas he will be available.”

Pressed on whether he felt Cazorla could make a successful comeback, Wenger continued, “Yes, but he has not played for over a year now, he’s had a few surgeries so I’m always cautious to set a time or a date, but overall yes, it looks positive.”

Let’s hope so, it’d be great to see him again, and there’s no doubt this team has missed him since he’s been out.


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