During his years at Arsenal, he has always simply been a joy to watch. His vision, passing capabilities, dribbling ability and intelligence had made him a perfect man to have in the middle of the park. It was due to him that the Arsenal midfield ticked and flourished, his partnership with Coquelin which we named as the Creator-Destroyer pair, was simply beautiful to watch. But ever since his injury, it is clearly visible that Arsenal have been unstable in the middle and have dominated games minimal number of times. In any case, there was good news last week when the diminutive magician was spotted training at the Emirates ahead of the game vs Atletico after which Santi Cazorla himself confirmed that he is feeling good again and is doing light sessions. The midfield maestro is targeting to get few minutes under his belt right before the season draws to a close, but alas it seems all too late now. While speaking to the media,he told:
Santi Cazorla (2012/13) – The Little Wizard – pic.twitter.com/BWXVZuDyR8— Julianesque (#MerciArsené) (@julianesquez) April 30, 2018
“I’ve still got some way to go, because 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 optimistic about the future” Personally as an Arsenal fan, I would like to see Santi Cazorla play for Arsenal one last time and then call it a day, but I’m led to believe I’m asking too much from the little Spaniard. “The objective is to play some part with the team before the season ends, but we have to take things carefully.” , …….Santi CazorlaHe may sound too optimistic here, but somewhere down his heart, he knows that it’s a little too late for him to be up there and captain the club again.
For him to be fully fit and raring to go he needs a full preseason and a few practice matches under his belt before the manager who ever that may be can consider him fit and able for starting. Its not like Arsenal don’t have players to replace him its just that none can completely ever do what he had done so seamlessly for a year and a half before his horrific fight with injury. In relation to next season, whether the club offer him a new deal for a season or two remains to be seen. But with the number of midfielders Arsenal currently have, I think the odds are against it. Arsenal themselves need to pick up pace and sort out deals for Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere to ensure that their British core remains intact.
Santi Cazorla on his rehabilitation: “I’ve still got some way to go because after being sidelined for 18 months, everything has to be done in its own time, but the sensations I have keep getting better & I’m feeling optimistic about the future.” pic.twitter.com/f3f4YolxxP— Gooner Nick (@NickVann1987) May 1, 2018