Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla’s recovery from ankle surgery could see the Spain international ruled out of the rest of the English season, British media reported Thursday.
The 32-year-old has been sidelined since being forced off during the second half of Arsenal’s 6-0 Champions League group win against Ludogorets on October 19.
Cazorla subsequently had an operation on a tendon in his right foot, with the Gunners estimating the time needed for rehabilitation at around three months.
However, reports have now suggested Cazorla could miss the rest of the season.
After Cazorla was first injured, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke of his importance to the team.
“The dressing room needs a balance between experience and youth-team players and you need to be guided as well by some experienced players as well when you go through difficult times,” Wenger said.
“They help you always to keep your feet on the ground and keep focused.”
Ox – We all want the same thing
We have experienced our fair share of frustration this season, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says we can get ourselves back on track if we all pull in the same direction.
The England midfielder has featured in each of our past six games and, with 13 Premier League fixtures remaining, has urged our supporters to back us until the end of the season.
“We want to be able to respond for the fans,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player. “They want to win as much as we do. We’re all in this together and we all want the same thing, so we’ve all got to stand up and be counted.
“People have been doubting us and it’s important that we pick ourselves up to try to turn the tide into a more positive one. Our fans are great home and away. They’re very loud so we hear them when they’re happy and when they’re frustrated, but that’s part and parcel of being at a massive club like Arsenal.
“They want us to win the league, so when we’re losing games and it seems like it’s slipping out of our hands, it’s going to be frustrating. That’s understandable because we’re a massive club and we’ve got a great team that is more than capable of competing for the title.
“They want to see us doing that just as much as we want to be doing it. We understand their frustration but we share the same frustrations as them. The only difference is that, as players, we have the direct opportunity to change things and make things happen. I think that, with the fans helping us by getting behind us, it will definitely help us do that.”
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