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Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez | Midfielder | #19

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 146

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Santi Cazorla will be assessed ahead of the game against Middlesbrough after picking an injury during Wednesdays’ European cake-walk.
As Arsenal cruised into a 4-0 lead after only 56 minutes, Arsène Wenger wasn’t prepared to take any risks ahead of game week nine with qualification to the next phase of the Champions League almost assured. "He got a kick on the back of his Achilles tendon and I took him off as quick as possible," he said. But importantly, Wenger intimated the problem was only minor: "In my view he was limping a little bit so I didn’t want to take a gamble." The Gunners boss was also quick to allay any injury fears regarding Alexis Sanchez after he was withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining: "I just wanted to give him a breather," Wenger confirmed. "Physically he looks alright." Oct 20 - 6:29 AM

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With Aaron Ramsey returning to health it is legitimate to have questions about the long-term value of Santi Cazorla as a fantasy option.

Arsene Wenger has made some odd-seeming statements about Granit Xhaka, Frances Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey and the relative merits of Arsenal's potential holding midfield duos. He's never come right out and said it but he has certainly implied that Coquelin has started over Xhaka early because he's a better pairing with Santi Cazorla. Does this imply that Xhaka would work better with Ramsey? It appears that all four will be available as soon as this weekend against Swansea. Cazorla has been valuable to start the season but his long term situation is very much up in the air.
Source: The Sun
Oct 12 - 10:09 AM

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla said he is hoping to sign a new contract with the club despite interest from Atletico Madrid.

Despite a successful start to the season, one that has seen the Spanish international record two goals and two assists, there has been no talk of a new contract for Cazorla. The 31-year-old's current contract with the Gunners will expire at the end of the season and there were doubts entering the season after missing much of last season due to a knee injury. Said Cazorla: "I am happy here. I am trusted by the manager and my team-mates. I am feeling important here, and if they'll offer me a new contract, I'll sign it because I am very happy with this great club."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 6 - 6:47 PM

The Gunners left it late but beat visiting Southampton 2-1 on the strength of goals from Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla.

It started poorly for Arsenal with Petr Cech seeing a Dusan Tadic free kick rebound off the crossbar, off his back and into the net for the opener. Koscielny scored a cracking bicycle kick to level the score later in the first half. Arsenal had the better of the chances in the second half but it wasn't until Jose Fontenot pulled down Olivier Giroud in the box to give the Gunners a stoppage time winner courtesy of Santi Cazorla.
Sep 10 - 12:47 PM

Santi Cazorla showed why there is so much excitement about him being a potential starter with two assists in 29 minutes on Sunday.

The positives of Cazorla are rarely in question. He may look unconventional for a holding midfielder but he produces. After Aaron Ramsey went off injured, Cazorla contributed two assists, two key passes, and two successful crosses to the Arsenal comeback attempt. The question as some of Arsenal's stars - Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud - round into shape is whether Cazorla has a place in the starting eleven or whether he will have to be content with a role as a super-sub at multiple central midfield positions. His fantasy value is tied up in the answer to that question.
Source: Togga
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM

Santi Cazorla may be ready to return to the pitch for Arsenal for the first time since his injury in November but fantasy managers shouldn't count on it.

With so many players having two matches and Cazorla not being a sure thing for even one (and very likely not to go the full ninety even if he does see the pitch), you'd have to have a lot of faith in the Spaniard to bring him into your line-up in any fantasy format for Week 37. Week 38 seems like a better bet with the Spaniard certainly interested in getting at least one competitive match in before the season comes to a close.
May 6 - 2:42 PM

Santi Cazorla continued to step up his recovery from a serious knee injury -- plus Achilles tendinitis -- during an hour long run out for the development side against Blackburn on Tuesday.

The Spanish playmaker was included in the match day squad for the first time since November last weekend, but was an unused substitute at the Emirates in a 1-0 win over Norwich. However, Cazorla was back in action, playing 60 minutes for the Under-21s in a play-off semi-final game yesterday and it was his assist which helped the Gunners on their way to a 2-1 victory. Arsenal fielded a strong starting eleven which also included Tomas Rosicky - who hasn’t played for the first team since rupturing his thigh muscle in January. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did not make the squad despite his recovery from a knee ligament injury.
May 4 - 4:48 AM

Santi Cazorla has been ruled fit enough to participate against Norwich in Week 36 but his role isn't certain.

Arsene Wenger has stated that he will definitely not "risk" both Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as both players return from injuries. With a long line of players - Iwobi, Walcott, and Campbell - fit and able to play in Oxlade-Chamberlain's spot, it seems most likely that Cazorla will be the one risked if either are to start. If I were in a format or situation where I had to decide on Friday night whether to start Cazorla, I'd wait another week.
Apr 29 - 1:12 PM

Despite the fact that he has resumed training, Week 35 is likely to come too soon for Santi Cazorla to participate.

Arsene Wenger has characterized the player as bouncing off the walls looking to get back on the pitch in competitive action but it isn't likely to happen in Week 35. After missing significant time with an Achilles injury Cazorla is close but with an otherwise fairly fit squad there is no reason for Arsene Wenger to rush Cazorla into a pressure-packed situation. Cazorla will likely require some time to shake off the rust moving from training to competitive action and Arsenal can't afford that luxury as they fight for a spot in the top four.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 22 - 11:21 AM

Arsene Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal's match with Crystal Palace on Sunday, indicated that Santi Cazorla will resume full training next week.

Exactly how much full training the Spaniard will need before being ready to participate in first team action wasn't made clear. Arsenal play on Sunday, Thursday and then again the following Sunday taking them to 35 matches played for the season. April 30th against Norwich City seems like the first opportunity Cazorla can reasonably be expected to participate and even then a full match is highly unlikely. That leaves matches with Manchester City on May 8th and Aston Villa on the season's final day as matches Cazorla might start and finish. Given that Arsenal are fighting for a top four spot and positioning within the top four, a rusty Cazorla might not get a full match until the final match of the year.
Apr 14 - 10:25 AM

Arsenal have been dealt a massive blow with the news that Santi Cazorla has suffered a setback in his recovery from a serious knee ligament injury.

Cazorla had set himself a personal target of returning to face Barcelona in the Champions League later this month, but now the Spanish midfielders’ season hangs in the balance due to a problem with his Achilles. "Santi is not doing too well," Arsene Wenger said during Tuesdays’ pre-match briefing. "His knee is doing well but his Achilles has inflamed a little bit and we have to put him off impact. It is a reaction to him coming back. We have to see now how he responds." Although the club has provided no official timeline, many media outlets believe the 31-year-old will be lucky to play again this season. However, I’d suggest at this point that those claims are slightly wide of the mark with two months of Premier League campaign still remaining.
Mar 2 - 6:39 AM

Arsene Wenger updated Santi Cazorla's status today indicating that the player is on a fitness program and that it will be weeks and not months until he is back playing.

The phrase "weeks not months" isn't exactly informative when it comes to estimating a return date. The implication, if you want to parse the words, is that it is less than two months which would line up with the original end of March/early April timeline that has been the prognosis for some time. Wenger certainly used language that could be interpreted as sooner than that but we'll wait until we hear about a specific match that is being targeted before we get too excited about an early return.
Feb 11 - 12:20 PM

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Santi Cazorla is still around eight weeks away from a return as his recovery from a knee ligament injury is taking a lot longer than originally hoped. The Spanish midfielder underwent surgery in December after he finished the game at Carrow Road in game week fourteen on "one leg."

Speaking at Fridays’ pre-match briefing, Wenger delivered a disappointing injury update. Despite progress, Jack Wilshere is still at least six weeks away while Cazorla is behind his Arsenal colleague and is yet to resume any form of training. "Santi is expected back I think at the end of March," Wenger mused. Fortunately, the Arsenal treatment room is looking pretty good at the moment with Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck all approaching full fitness.
Source: London24
Jan 30 - 10:43 AM

Arsene Wenger provided a full injury update ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup fourth round match against Burnley and confirmed that Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere both remain on course to return in a "few weeks".

With Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky ready to return to action and Danny Welbeck back in training Wilshere and Cazorla are Arsenal's only current injury-enforced absentees. Both midfielders were described as "a few weeks away" which sounds like a mid-to-late February return date. Aaron Ramsey, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott owners should be preparing for a reality where their players may not be starting regularly in the not-too-distant future.
Jan 29 - 10:20 AM

Arsenal have confirmed the fears of supporters that Santi Cazorla's injury is similar to that of Francis Coquelin and he will miss approximately three months.

With Arsenal already struggling with injury absences in midfield and the attack, we now add Cazorla to the list that won't be back in "just a couple of weeks". Cazorla joins holding midfield partner Francis Coquelin on the shelf for approximately three months meaning that late February is probably the best case scenario for his return. Aaron Ramsey is likely to be moved into Cazorla's spot for the balance of December but the two injuries will almost certainly force Arsene Wenger into the transfer market in January.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 09:29:00 AM