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Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez | Midfielder | #19

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/13/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 146

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Arsenal officially confirmed that midfielder Santi Cazorla will leave the club at the end of his contract this summer.
The 33-year-old midfielder has not played for the Gunners since October 2016 due to an Achilles injury and looks set to join former club Villarreal. Cazorla made 180 appearances for Arsenal since 2012/13, when he scored a career-high 12 goals. "Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch," chief executive Ivan Gazidis said. "His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years. He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club." May 22 - 9:37 AM


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Santi Cazorla could be on his way out of Arsenal after reportedly agreeing a deal to rejoin his former employers Villareal.

Cazorla played for the La Liga outfit between 2003-2011, although he did spend a year on-loan at Recreativo Huelva in 2006. After 181 league appearances [25-goals], El Submarino Amarillo cashed in on their prized asset for a reported fee of €19 million. "It is hard to express the feelings I have because we are talking about many years and many experiences at this club," he said at the time. "The change is important and also exciting, but it is hard to assimilate that I am leaving after seven years." Following 16 months of injury hell, Cazorla returned to full training in April and was hoping to play a part during the run-in, although a lack of match fitness ended his chances. With his current deal set to expire on June 30, he will become a free agent and Villareal would like Cazorla to spend pre-season with them with a view to signing on a permanent basis.
Source: The Metro
May 20 - 3:50 PM

Santi Cazorla is still hopeful of playing a part during the season run-in after stepping up his recovery from a long-term Achilles injury.

The Arsenal midfielder has been sidelined since October 2016, and following several setbacks, it was feared that he may be forced to retire after a succession of operations. However, the sight of Cazorla back on the Emirates turf prior to the game against Atletico Madrid last week, sparked rumours of a potential return. The 33-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, warmed up around the pitch before taking part in some ball work exercises. "I've still got some way to go," he told Spanish media outlet AS. "After being sidelined for 18 months, everything has to be done in its own time. But the sensations I have keep getting better and I'm feeling optimist about the future. The objective is to play some part with the team before the season ends, but we have to take things carefully." Arsenal travel to Huddersfield Town on the final day for what could be a dead-rubber contest.
May 2 - 11:51 AM

Santi Cazorla has suffered a fresh setback in his recovery from an ongoing Achilles injury.

The Arsenal midfielder confirmed via his personal Twitter account that a proposed return, in January, had been put back after going under the knife again: "Due to some discomfort in the tendon [over] the last few days, I have had to undergo surgery," his post read. "It is delaying the date of my return to the field. I maintain my hope and motivation to enjoy my great passion, football." Arsene Wenger recently described the injury as "the worst" he had ever seen. "It started with a pain in the Achilles and it has gone from worse to worse." When asked if there were doubts whether Cazorla would ever play again, the Arsenal boss replied: "He has competent medical people around him and he tries to practise [but] let’s not talk about that."
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 07:51:00 AM

Santi Cazorla has vowed to return to first-team action "at my best level" and dismissed any suggestion that he could be forced to retire through injury.

The Arsenal playmaker has endured eight operations since suffering an Achilles injury 9 months ago. Several setbacks and a bacterial infection is likely to mean Cazorla will not play again this year, but the 32-year-old insists, he will be back stronger than ever having recently started his rehabilitation programme. "Do not pay attention to that [rumours]," he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero. "I do not know how far I am [off returning] but I am convinced that I am going to play football again and at my best level. I started my recovery two weeks ago. I’m still far [from playing]. I do not have strength in my tendon or muscle mass. I need time [to regain it] but I am very happy my recovery in this 15 days."
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 04:29:00 AM

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.
Source: The Express
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 03:47:00 PM

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.
Wed, May 31, 2017 06:09:00 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
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 05:49:00 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
Mon, Jan 9, 2017 09:18:00 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