By Abigail Withey
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla looks unlikely to play for Arsenal again following a long-term injury, according to ta recent report.
The Express has claimed that the 32-year-old looks likely to be sidelined for almost all of the 2017/18 season, and probably won’t feature in the first team squad before his contract expires.
The newspaper claim that after eight operations on his ankle, the Spaniard’s best chance of returning to the pitch would be possibly playing with the Arsenal Under-23s towards the end of the upcoming campaign.
Cazorla has not featured in the Arsenal squad since injuring his Achilles during the Gunners’ 6-0 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League during October.
Since limping off the pitch last year the playmaker has had a number of operations to correct the problem, and as a result has missed a total of 43 games for the north London club.
It is said that after the initial injury, Wenger believed that Cazorla would be back in action after a few weeks, but the former Spain international ended up sitting out the rest of the campaign.
It is undoubtedly an enormous blow for the Gunners, who have been reliant on Cazorla’s technical abilities ever since he joined the club.
The Spaniard was missed throughout the rest of the season, and despite the club’s FA Cup win, they still only managed to finish fifth in the Premier League standings after a dismal run in the competition.
Cazorla became popular with Arsene Wenger and the Gunners fans after playing a key role in the squad’s midfield within his first few years at the Emirates, and it remains doubtful that he will play for the club again.
In other Arsenal news, the club are close to completing their biggest ever signing.