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When might we see Santi Cazorla again?

We’ve missed Santi Cazorla. Who wouldn’t?

The injured Spain international hasn’t played since our Champions League win over Ludogorets last October and we’ve had to make do without his playmaking ability for far too long.

But Santi is making progress and Arsene Wenger is hopeful that he could make an appearance this season.

“The flexibility of his ankle looks good, his mobility is good and now it’s about getting back to full fitness without having any setbacks,” said the boss.

“It’s very difficult to predict when he will be available again. I think it’s very difficult to set a time. Not before Christmas, that’s why I didn’t involve him in the Europa League, but overall I hope that after Christmas he will be available.

“Yes [I think he’ll play at the highest level again],” added the boss. “But he has not played for a year now. He’s had a few surgeries so you are always cautious to set a time or date, but overall, yes it looks positive.”

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