Santi still harbours hope of resurrecting playing career

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Santi Cazorla says he hasn’t given up hope of playing football at the highest level again although he admits his recent injury woe has left him weighing up the possibility of retiring.

The Spain international has had 10 operations on his Achilles since he last featured for Arsenal in October 2016 and is now targeting a return to action next season.

As things stand the 33-year-old is under contract at the Emirates until June which leads to the worrying conclusion that he may already have played his final game for the Gunners.

We’ll try and stay positive, Santi himself is doing just that, but his latest comments also leave us feeling a very sad.

“There have been moments when I’ve thought about throwing in the towel. I’ve thought things like ‘maybe it is not worth continuing’,” Cazorla told RTVE.

“If things go well, maybe next year I can play at the top level again.

“The last surgery was seven weeks ago, and my tenth in total. The first surgery was risky because I took many corticosteroids and the skin deteriorated.

“Then a skin graft was proposed and after that, the infection ate my tendon.”

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