Red alert: Cazorla is hoping to return to first-team action within weeks

By Emma Sanders

Arsene Wenger claims Santi Cazorla’s achilles problem will have long-term consequences even though “it is not a serious injury.”

The midfielder has been absent for over four weeks after he picking up the heel injury during Arsenal’s impressive 6-0 thrashing against Ludogorets on 19th October.

Cazorla is considered one of Arsenal’s best players and, when in the side, he has been hugely impressive since joining from Malaga for £15 million in 2012.

However, Wenger claimed in a press conference on Tuesday that the Spaniard may suffer on his return because the notoriously troublesome achilles may have a detrimental impact on his future.

“I don’t know how far he is. He looks to me like he’s making progress. He’s still not in full-time training. It’s very difficult to set targets,” said Wenger, as quoted by the official Arsenal Twitter account.

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“It’s not a serious injury but it will affect his future. It’s an inflammation on the back of his Achilles so it’s hard to give a set time.”

The 31-year-old has made a total of 181 appearances for Arsenal since joining and has scored 29 goals during a hugely successful Gunners career to date.

The Arsenal star has only made 11 appearances in all competitions this season though and fans will be hoping to see him return as soon as possible given their side’s slight dip in form in the league.

Wenger’s side currently sit in fourth position in the league table but after a sensational start to the campaign, they have picked up just one victory in their last four league games.

Arsenal face Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday evening in their next fixture but will be without Cazorla for the seventh game in a row.

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