Arsenal Dealt Fresh Injury Blow: Star Ruled Out Until Christmas

By on November 21, 2016

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Arsenal have been dealt a fresh injury blow with the news that Santi Cazorla is now not expected to return from an Achilles injury until around Christmas time, according to the Mirror.

Cazorla has been on the sidelines since limping out of our 6-0 Champions League victory over Ludogorets at the Emirates on October 19th after aggravating a long-standing Achilles injury.

The Spanish international was hampered by the issue throughout last season and Arsene Wenger admitted that he initially substituted Cazorla against Ludogorets as a precaution due to his history of Achilles problems.

However, the injury has proven far more serious than first thought as Santi has already missed our last six matches in all competitions and it looks as though he’s nowhere near ready to return.

The Mirror claim that the 31-year-old visited renowned specialist Dr Ramon Cugat last month and was given an injection with the hope it would settled the injury and allow Cazorla to make his comeback against Tottenham two weeks ago.

However, the midfielder still felt the problem when he stepped up his training and was forced to return to Spain to see Dr Cugat during the recent international break to have yet more treatment on his troublesome Achilles.

But it looks like it’s not had the desired effect as Cazorla is still unable to take part in training and the Mirror claim that Arsenal have decided to give the midfielder more time to try and fully recover from the injury.

The newspaper says that boss Arsene Wenger is now planning to be without Cazorla until at least around Christmas time, meaning he could be set to miss our next seven matches in all competitions including our crucial clash with Manchester City on December 18th.

It’s a significant blow as we’ve sorely missed Cazorla over the past month and there is no doubt he’ll be a huge miss over the next few weeks when the games start to come thick and fast.

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3 Comments

  1. Ogban

    November 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Becoming another Rosicky? Better let him go and get a suitable replacement now.

  2. AmericanGunnerFan

    November 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The match against ManU showed just how important Cazorla and Bellerin are to Wenger’s system and Arsenal’s success. When clubs with good defenses take away Ozil and Sanchez–which smart managers will try to do, Arsenal needs a deeper-lying midfielder who can take on opponents and create in a variety of ways to make the attack work effectively. Cazorla can do that against tough defenses, Ramsey cannot–nor can any of Arsenal’s other midfielders (aside from Ozil). As for Bellerin, his foot-speed and work-ethic means that he can be a major contributor on the offensive end without sacrificing his defense, while his close ball-control, passing and quickness make him a serious threat to opposing defenses and make his teammates better around him. Not having Cazorla until Christmas-time will hurt Arsenal. Not having Cazorla and Bellerin nearly was a disaster on Saturday at Old Trafford.

    As for replacing Cazorla, as Ogban suggests above, it’s something that Arsenal will ultimately have to do, but it isn’t going to be as easy as Ogban seems to think. One of the things that makes Cazorla so effective is that he is a “two-footed” player–equally good with either foot. Truely “two-footed” players like Cazorla aren’t all that common; ones who are midfielders possessing quickness, decent foot-speed, a decent shot, a willingness to work on defense, and the ability to be a very good and creative passer are rare. How rare? Ozil is a superstar and the creative engine for Arsenal and Germany and he doesn’t possess two of those qualities (foot-speed and a willingness to work on defense)! Don’t imagine that Arsenal can just go out and find a “two-footed” player with those qualities who is willing to play multiple positions (Cazorla has played at least three for Arsenal) at the drop of a hat or without a lot of competition from other top clubs with deeper pockets. Ideally, the club will find (or have found) a kid who is “two-footed” (or has the potential to be) and develop him (Nwakali and Zelalem might be that kid, but a lot depends on how they hold their skills as they develop physically–Zelalem has struggled with that as he has grown taller). Or, with its budget constraints, Arsenal will have to get lucky, as it did with Cazorla, and find one who has “fallen through the cracks” and wants to leave a cash-strapped club. I’m hoping that Cazorla can get healthy and stick around until one of the Arsenal kids comes good because it could take awhile to find someone like Cazorla at a price Arsenal can afford.

  3. Patrick Ssekatawa

    November 22, 2016 at 3:49 am

    It’s a pity that he is going to miss all that period. To me he is Arsenal’s most important midfielder and the game against United showed exactly why. Hopefully, when he finally returns, he wll stay healthy till the end of the season as The Gunners can’t afford to lose him during the run-in!

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