Santi Cazorla’s predicament was the main topic of conversation at Friday’s press conference and Arsene Wenger neatly summed up the player’s anguish:
“He’s desperate to play football. He’s only happy on the football pitch,” he said.
Wenger spoke to Santi after it was decided that the Spaniard would have surgery on the plantaris tendon in his right foot - a procedure that could sideline him for three months.
“For me it’s very bad news,” added the boss. “You always know the date of the surgery but never the date where the player will play again.
“I always try to put absolutely everything in place to avoid surgery because it creates anxiety and rehab. When you can avoid it, you have to avoid it. In this case, unfortunately we have come to that conclusion.
“Santi himself wants to get out of that vicious circle of going out and coming in again. He just wants to cure it.
Despite Santi’s setback, this has so far been a calmer season on the injury front.
“We have been very strong,” said Wenger. “Muscular injuries, we’ve had very few. They are accidental injuries down to the structure of your body or the repeated competition that you cannot do anything about. Santi Cazorla is purely accidental, it was a kick at the back of his foot.”
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