Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has revealed the message he sent to Spanish midfielder, Santi Cazorla after he underwent another operation on his achilles tendon for the ninth time in 14 months.
The former Malaga midfielder was expected to return in January, but an unexpected injury setback means the Spaniard will be out for a long time.
The Spanish maestro was key for the Gunners at the beginning of last season scoring twice in 11 matches, but he sustained a freak injury on his right achilles tendon during a 6-0 victory in the Champions League against Ludogorets Razgrad in October 2016.
The former Villareal midfielder faces an uncertain future at the Emirates with his contract set to expire at the end of the season and could be released on a free next summer if he doesn’t recover on time before the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger as quoted on the message he sent to Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla, he said;
“I sent him a message because he had a new surgery and wished him well,”
“He answered ‘look I have to start again, from zero basically’ and it is very sad, honestly, he also added,
“What he has gone through this guy is unbelievable.
“We speak about players being happy or not happy, that is a real pain because it is really, really sad but unfortunately he has to start again from zero.
“That means if all goes well he has to wait until he can run and after when he starts to run it will be at least six weeks to come back to training.
“When he will be able to run again I don’t know.
“I was hopeful of January but after, he had this setback that everybody knows about.”
The 32-year-old is one of the best central midfielders in the world and has become a key player for the Gunners since his £10 million move from Spanish side Malaga to the Emirates in 2012, but his dynamism and calmness in the middle of the park for the Gunners has been missed and Wenger will be hoping his superstar midfielder can return back to action before the end of the season.