Arsenal talisman sent to Barcelona-based specialist - report
By Dominic Toner
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been sent to see a specialist to seek help for his Achilles injury, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that the 31-year-old “has been sent to Spanish doctor Ramon Cugat – a Barcelona-based specialist who the club have turned to in the past – in a bid to resolve the problem.”
The report details that the Spaniard is set to miss the club’s matches against Paris Saint-Germain and Bournemouth this week.
The north London club face a home match against French champions PSG and will be hoping for victory to guarantee top spot in the Champions League group stages.
Cazorla’s absence has been a huge blow to the Gunners and they have missed the creative central midfielder, but he will finally hope to solve his ongoing Achilles problem.
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He has not featured since the impressive 6-0 Champions League victory against Ludogorets on 19 October and missed six games across all competitions in the process.
Arsenal have been unbeaten during that time, but have drawn three of the four Premier League matches.
The Gunners are still in the race for the league title this season and are three points behind current leaders Chelsea, with Liverpool and Manchester City also above them.
Cazorla’s return from injury would be a major boost for Arsene Wenger’s side and he adds vital experience to the team.
The midfielder has made 180 appearances since he moved to the Emirates in 2012 from Malaga, scoring 29 goals and supplying 45 assists.
Wenger has turned to midfield pair Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin in recent games, but both are better at defending and have failed to add the same attacking threat at Cazorla.
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