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Wenger Delaying Cazorla Return To Prevent Spain Call-Up

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delaying Santi Cazorla’s return to prevent the midfielder being made available for international duty, according to reports today.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delaying Santi Cazorla’s return to prevent him being made available for international duty, according to reports today.

Cazorla has been on the sidelines since picking up an ankle injury while away with the Spanish squad at the start of last month. The 28-year-old has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation work and his protective boot was removed last week enabling him to start gentle jogging again.

The former Malaga man revealed last week during a question and answer session with that he hoped to return to training this week and be back in contention against West Brom this Sunday. However,Wenger confirmed today that the midfielder will not feature at the Hawthorns and insists he won’t be back until after the international break.

If Cazorla had played this weekend, Vicente del Bosque would have been within his rights to call him up for Spain’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers with Belarus and Georgia. But Goal claim that Wenger has delayed the players return in order to prevent him from being made available for international duty.

It’s quiet the accusation and very difficult to prove, but as an Arsenal fan I can understand if Wenger has decided to take this course of action. He wants to protect his players after all, but there is also the suggestion that it could actually be beneficial for Arsenal for Cazorla to go and get some much-needed game time under his belt with Spain.

Either way, it looks like Santi will be back in contention to face Norwich on the 19th, which is obviously excellent news.



  1. Jordan gooner

    October 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    What a stupid article Cazorla is injured thats why
    he is unable to join squad. He has been injured for several weeks, since he last played for Spain.

    • Chris

      October 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

      I believe it. It could also be true of Sagna ? Other clubs do it – why shouldn’t we. And if International managers took more care of their players there would be less of a problem.

  2. adams muhammad

    October 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    hope they will all be fit!

  3. Sid

    October 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    An article citing a notoriously dodgy site that got it’s ‘story’ from an internet rumour…


    Purple monkey dishwasher

  4. Abuchi bryt

    October 4, 2013 at 7:24 am

    If is d best decision, plz Wenger do so cos we wdu nid all our players

  5. Mohamed

    October 4, 2013 at 8:45 am

    It is absolutely immoral for a player to get injured on international duty, get sent to his club for treatment and rehabilitation and before he has kicked the ball for his club, he gets called to go and represent his country again. Whether he is fit or not, Spain can afford to leave him out of this until he is back playing for his club.

    • Chris

      October 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Too true. The clubs pay the wages … the national associations (and of course the super rich FIFA) get the money. If a player gets injured … tough !! The international programme should be drastically shrunk. What is the point of Malta and Faroes and San Mariono and etc being in the same qualifying competitions as the top nations. And then cut back on Friendlies. FIFA would hate it.

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