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Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez | Midfielder | #19

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 146

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National newspaper, The Daily Express [UK], ran an Arsenal exclusive on Tuesday suggesting Santi Cazorla could have played his last game for the club after suffering another setback.
Cazorla was initially ruled out for a couple weeks after sustaining what was thought to be a minor Achilles injury against Ludogorets in the Champions League 9 months ago. However, further tests revealed damage was to the plantaris tendon and the 32-year-old was pencilled in for surgery: "We expect Santi’s full recovery to take approximately three months," the club confirmed in December. But, following several setbacks, which include further surgical interventions, the Spain star is no closer to identifying a definitive timeline on his return. All being well, according to the Express, Cazorla may be ready to play for the U23s in April 2018, although a first-team return in 2017/18 looks improbable. Having entered the final year of his current deal, it would appear that Cazorla will not be offered a contract extension. There has been no official comment made by the club. Jul 4 - 3:47 PM
Source: The Express

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Santi Cazorla confirms he’ll be out of action for at least five more months after suffering another setback in his recovery injury.

The 32-year-old told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that he had just undergone his eighth separate operation on his right ankle since injuring his plantaris tendon against Ludogorets in the Champions League back in October. Cazorla confirmed he had his latest surgery on Monday and admitted there is no current timeline on his return: "It’s very difficult to put a date, but I don’t think it will be before five months." Complications in his recovery – bacterial infection / skin graft / bone infection – could leave the Spain star sidelined for the remainder of the year and what was originally only thought to be a minor issue, is likely to keep him out of competitive action for at least 13 months. Cazorla revealed he felt "like throwing in the towel" following the news, but it is his desire to play football "above everything else" that is driving him on to make a full recovery.
May 31 - 6:09 PM

Arsenal believe Santi Cazorla will not play again this season following another major setback.

The Spanish midfielder has been limited to just eight Premier League appearances this term after picking up an ankle injury against Ludogorets in the Champions League last October. Following several weeks of rehab, Cazorla wasn’t progressing as hoped, and the Arsenal medical team in conjunction with specialists decided that the 32-year-old would have surgery on the plantaris tendon in his right foot. Cazorla travelled to Sweden for the procedure and was told a full recovery would take around three months, although the player himself was initially confident of a return within two. However, following several setbacks, Cazorla will now focus on being fit for the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
Source: The Mirror
Feb 22 - 5:49 PM

Despite a second consecutive season cut off by a significant injury, Arsene Wenger indicated an interest in extending the contract of Santi Cazorla for an additional year.

Despite purchasing Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny over the past year, Arsenal still don't seem to have a ready-made replacement for Santi Cazorla when the Spaniard is out injured. The Gunners were off to a flying start to the season but seem to have lost significant momentum since Cazorla's injury against Ludogorets in the Champions League. Maybe Jack Wilshere will return next season as part of the solution at the base of midfield but it seems clear that Arsenal need something more than what is currently in the squad. Part of that is finding an alternative but the other part is making sure they have Cazorla back for another season.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 9 - 9:18 AM

The news just got worse for Santi Cazorla and Arsenal as the Spanish midfielder will have ankle surgery that will keep him sidelined for approximately three months.

Arsenal's title hopes, already fading with the excellence of Chelsea, were dealt a major blow on Thursday with the news that Santi Cazorla would, once again, miss a significant part of a season. Having already been missing for a little over a month, the Spaniard will now be out a further three months after ankle surgery. While Arsenal boast numbers at the base of midfield, they don't have a replacement with Cazorla's attacking talents. It does likely mean more time for Granit Xhaka to settle in though.
Source: espnfc.com
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 12:02:00 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger there has been no news over a potential return date for midfielder Santi Cazorla.

The Spanish international has not featured since Gameweek 8 due to a lingering Achilles injury that required him to see a specialist last week. But with Cazorla still not training, Wenger couldn't put a target date to his recovery: "At the moment I’ve given a little bit up on that, I don’t know how far he is. It looks to me that he’s making progress but as long as a player is not in full-time training with the squad, it’s very difficult to set targets. It’s not a big injury that will harm his future but it’s an inflammation at the back of his Achilles and it’s always very difficult on inflammations to give a set time."
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 05:39:00 AM

Arsenal have sent Santi Cazorla to Spain in an attempt to cure his long-standing Achilles problem.

The Arsenal midfielder will see world renowned specialist Dr Ramon Cugat in the hope that Cazorla could be back before the busy festive fixture period. The 31-year-old was targeting a return in the north London derby, but Cazorla needed another injection after complaining of discomfort in his Achilles. Speaking to a Spanish media outlet, Cazorla revealed that he is no further forward in identifying a possible return: "I still don't know the exact time. I cannot say if it will be soon or if I still have a few weeks left, but hopefully it will be as soon." Arsenal have stuttered in recent games, dropping points against Tottenham while they were lucky to take something from Old Trafford with a late Olivier Giroud goal. Arsenal have won six of the seven league games Cazorla has started this term and the Gunners will want their Spanish playmaker back for the game against title rivals Man City on December 18.
Source: The Mirror
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 11:27:00 AM

Santi Cazorla appears no closer to returning as he heads to Spain to visit a specialist in hopes of treating his Achilles injury.

Arsenal have struggled since Santi Cazorla went down with an Achilles injury in the mauling of Ludogorets. His deep-lying passing is unique among his teammates and his absence has been felt in key matches against Spurs and Manchester United. If the Gunners are going to challenge for the title they will need their maestro to recover quickly.
Source: @PhysioRoom
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 10:05:00 AM

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla said his return date from injury is unknown after missing the last two weeks.

The veteran midfielder sustained an Achilles injury against Ludogorets in Champions League leading up to the North London derby, but the injury was only deemed minor at the time. However, Cazorla told Spanish media that he is in the dark over a potential return date, which could still be weeks away as reports say he has been ruled out to face Manchester United this weekend: "I still don't know the exact time. I am trying to return as soon as possible to be with the team again, but I cannot say if it will be soon or if I still have a few weeks left. It is what I do not know, but hopefully it will be as soon as possible."
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 05:08:00 AM

Santi Cazorla faces a late fitness test ahead of Sunday's North London Derby and his status could significantly impact the outcome of the match.

Arsenal have unprecedented depth in their history as a club at nearly all positions on the pitch. As they look forward to their clash with fierce rivals Spurs on Sunday at the Emirates the one thing that they really don't have a replacement for is a proven alternative to Santi Cazorla as a deep-lying playmaker capable of helping break Spurs' high press while igniting the attack. Granit Xhaka returns from suspension but he has yet to prove the astute dribbler and passer that Cazorla is. Arsenal could win comfortably if Cazorla is back but if he is still out injured Arsenal could be considered vulnerable if Spurs can rediscover their high energy best.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 02:10:00 PM

Santi Cazorla will be evaluated ahead of Arsenal's match against Sunderland as he continues to struggle with an Achilles complaint.

Arsenal were definitely a step off of their attacking game against Middlesbrough last weekend with Cazorla, Ramsey and Xhaka all out of action. The combination of Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny just didn't produce enough from the base of midfield to open things up for the attacking four ahead of them. Arsene Wenger would likely prefer to be cautious with Cazorla with bottom-of-the-table Sunderland this weekend's opponent but after dropping points against Boro he may feel pressure to start Cazorla to ensure that they don't trip up again. He should only be starting for you in leagues where you can adjust line-ups after Arsenal announce their Starting XI>
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 10:57:00 AM

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."
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 06:29:00 AM

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
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 10:09:00 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
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 06:47:00 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.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 12:47:00 PM