Santi Cazorla injury the worst I've seen, says Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger

Lynette Rowe
November 18, 2017

Arsenal's French coach, Arsene Wenger, described Santi Cazorla's ankle injury as "the worst" he has ever seen, but was hopeful that the Spanish global could return to the pitch in January.

"Unfortunately, he is injured now, but I have to say Santi Cazorla", Iwobi declared when asked by Soccerladuma who he thinks is Arsenal's most skillful player.

Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas has urged Arsene Wenger to drop star duo of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for the Gunners' north London derby clash against Tottenham Hotspur if they are "serious about winning big games".

"What started with a pain in the Achilles tendon was then worse and worse", revealed the Gunners coach.

On Thursday, Wenger insisted he "completely" trusts Lacazette despite omitting him for two of the biggest games of the campaign.

"I saw him one month ago, he was here, and I told him to prepare as well as he can".

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'Lacazette I feel is a fantastic signing if you're going to play him then play him continuously, ' said Ian Wright earlier this week. He has competent medical people around him.

Cazorla has been limited to just 129 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Malaga in 2012.

Arsenal scored just one goal in both of those clashes, Lacazette coming off the bench to give them a glimmer of hope against City before the global break. Arsene Wenger even went more than a decade without losing a league game to their cross-town rivals, between November 1999 and April 2010.

Lacazette, who scored twice in France's 2-2 friendly draw with Germany, has completed 90 minutes only once since his close-season move from Lyon.

Cazorla has been posting regular updates on social media with him working out in the gym as he tries to complete his comeback. I think that's the only game he didn't start (along with Liverpool).

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