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Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez | Midfielder | #19

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'6" / 146

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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. Jan 30 - 10:43 AM
Source: London24

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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

A report in the Guardian has indicated that Santi Cazorla will miss the visit of Sunderland and the trip to Greece and likely more with knee ligament damage.

The injury news just keeps on coming. It looked like Alexis Sanchez's injury was going to be the biggest headline from Arsenal's Sunday draw at Carrow Road but Santi Cazorla looks likely to be out longer than the Chilean whose injury has been estimated at 3 to 4 weeks. Knee ligament damage, even if that damage is just a strain, is likely to keep Cazorla out for at least a month and maybe as long as Francis Coquelin's three months. Expect Aaron Ramsey to deputize as the initiator of the attack from the holding midfield position.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 11:25:00 AM

The injuries just keep on coming as another three players have been added to the Arsenal treatment room following the draw at Carrow Road. Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny will all be assessed over the coming days having picked up problems.

The loss of Sanchez to a pulled hamstring will fill the column inches and grab all the headlines but the [knee] injury suffered by Cazorla could be more damaging in my opinion. Of course, Aaron Ramsey is the player most likely to adopt the Cazorla holding role but he doesn’t have the ability, nor the tactical nous to be able to dictate the play and tempo like Ozil or the Spaniard. The Welshman is much better suited higher up the pitch where he can make those timely runs into the box. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott [once fit] need to hit the ground running if the Gunners hope to maintain their current title charge during a busy Festive fixture period.
Source: The Mirror
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 02:42:00 PM

Santi Cazorla missed a late penalty, Arsenal lost Francis Coquelin and it all resulted in a 2-1 loss at the Hawthorns.

It was a woeful day for Arsenal as all of the faults that they had seemed to put behind them for much of the season came back to haunt them. Their lack of quality depth in the holding midfield spot was revealed when Francis Coquelin went off early with a knee injury. That was punished further when Arsenal were weak down the middle on the Baggies' opener and then Arteta, subbing in for Cazorla, scored an own goal for West Brom that ended up being the winner for the home side. To make matters worse, with a chance to draw level, Santi Cazorla missed a penalty in the late going.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 12:40:00 PM

Santi Cazorla got Spain's only goal in the first half against Luxembourg despite dominating play.

Spain can't be upset with enjoying a significant advantage in possession and a nine to zero advantage in shots on target in the first half but they will be upset at only being up 1-0. Cazorla scored in the 42nd minute to break the deadlock. Spain have lost David Silva and Alvaro Morata to injury in the first half but will be satisfied with a win under and circumstances as it will confirm their place in Euro2016.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 03:49:00 PM

Santi Cazorla, who had only one year remaining on his current contract, has signed a new deal with the club committing his future.

Santi Cazorla was the subject of at least some transfer rumors over the summer because his Arsenal deal was set to expire at the end of this season. While the length of the new deal wasn't revealed in any of the initial press releases this new deal presumably ties Cazorla to the club for at least this season and the next. With Cazorla turning 31 in December it is reasonable that this season or next season would be his last as a consistent starter for the Gunners. Whether he stays on in more of an Arteta/Rosicky-type role after that or elects to step down a level to keep playing consistently remains to be seen.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 10:51:00 AM

Santi Cazorla has seen his role continue to morph throughout the season but he has generally kept up his strong fantasy performances.

The Spanish creator has played in a wide role, a forward attacking midfield role and a deeper-lying midfield role depending on which of his colleagues were healthy and in form at any given time. What has been fairly consistent since about October is that Cazorla has been productive no matter the role. That productivity has been a little muted since Mesut Ozil's return but he still managed a double digit (Yahoo system) effort featuring a shot on target, two corners won and two passes intercepted.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Santi Cazorla scored from the penalty spot and rebounded with a huge match after two consecutive poor matches.

In addition to his goal, Cazorla had a surprisingly strong defensive match paired with Francis Coquelin as part of a holding midfield duo. Cazorla won four tackles, intercepted three passes and blocked a shot which isn't exactly what we've come to expect from the Spaniard. It is worth monitoring whether he can keep up this level of all-around production because it would boost his value even more.
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 08:45:00 PM

There were lots of heroes with Arsenal winning 5-0 but Santi Cazorla was the biggest star with a goal and two assists.

It looked like Mesut Ozil was going to be the star with a beautiful flick to put Giroud in for Arsenal's first followed by a goal of his own. Santi Cazorla came on with an assist for Theo Walcott'Walcott' third, a penalty of his own and then an assist on Hector Bellerin's capper in stoppage time. It was as comprehensive a win as we've seen from Arsenal this season that featured goal-scoring returns from Ozil and Walcott.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Santi Cazorla scored a goal, got an assist and worked the center of midfield to perfection as the architect of a 2-0 Arsenal upset of Manchester City at the Etihad.

Cazorla's penalty was well taken and his service into the box on Giroud's goal was also nice but neither will be the lasting impression that he left on this match. Arsenal soaked up City possession for the entire match and it was the wheelhouse of Cazorla and Rosicky that tracked back, received the ball and danced and passed their way out of the defensive end. It's rare to say that a midfielder controlled the game when his team lost the possession battle by such a wide margin but that's what Cazorla did.
Sun, Jan 18, 2015 12:58:00 PM

With a host of attacking players returning to health, Santi Cazorla may see his minutes diminished or his positioning on the field adjusted.

Arsenal have quickly gone from "injury crisis in the attack" to "overloaded with options" as Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, and Aaron Ramsey have all returned to health in January. These three return to a side that has seen Alexis Sanchez lock down a starting spot, Danny Welbeck arrive, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain play well as a deputy. Arsene Wenger will consider his surplus a good problem to have but fantasy managers will wonder if Santi Cazorla will give way to Ozil or be moved out of his favored central attacking/creating role. For a player who has been one of the better performing midfielders in most fantasy formats this season, this could signal a huge drop in value.
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 12:59:00 PM

Santi Cazorla squandered a glorious opportunity late in the first half against Southampton when he shot directly into Fraser Forster's gut.

The Spaniard had the entire goal to work with after the ball was reversed to him near the penalty spot. As in form as Cazorla has been, you'd have expected him to bury it for a 1-0 Arsenal lead but instead he rifled it straight at the goalkeeper who was only too happy to parry it away. Southampton was first to the rebound and cleared it to safety to preserve the first half clean sheet.
Thu, Jan 1, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Santi Cazorla continued his prolific fantasy season in Week 19 with a goal in Arsenal's 2-1 win over West Ham.

The diminutive Spaniard has been exceptional all season when it comes to "phantom points" but he has started adding goals and assists over the past six matches which has led to some fantastic performances. In Week 19 he kicked off the scoring with a goal from the penalty spot to highlight a 27-point effort that included three shots on target, three successful crosses and two corners won. The only question hanging over his recent excellence is what happens when Mesut Ozil returns to fitness? It's a nice problem for a manager to have in real life but it will make for some difficult fantasy decisions across all formats.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:24:00 AM