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Disappointing Injury News as Santi Cazorla Remains Sidelined for Rest of the Season

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Mesut Ozil dominated the back pages for his sensational hat-trick against Ludogorets at home but the game would also be remembered for that injury sustained by Santi Cazorla to his Achilles. This had been a niggling problem for the Spaniard but we hoped it was going to be a minor issue. The days turned into weeks as the diminutive midfielder required surgery to rectify the issue and it was expected that he was going to be out of action going into the new year.

We are approaching the third month of the year, with the Gunners out of the Premier League title racer and more or less out of Europe, with the FA Cup offering some hope of silverware this season. But it’s likely that the lads will have to soldier on without Cazorla as he would be out for the rest of the season, courtesy of that Achilles problem and is now scheduled to return in August.

Just like Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta before him, Cazorla has now taken the mantle as the injury torch bearer for the club. It seems easy to forget that he had such a lengthy injury layoff last season as well, following a nasty tackle in the draw against Norwich City at Carrow Road. He was out from November till May, before making a comeback in the final game of the campaign against already-relegated Aston Villa.

This is a real cause for concern, as the midfielder has shown that he can’t be relied upon to stay fit, and with Aaron Ramsey and more recently, Mohamed Elneny still having fitness issues, Wenger can only call on the erratic Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and our newest central midfield option, Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain.

Nonetheless, the club has explored the option of extending the 32-year-old’s contract by an additional year, which is a huge show of faith from the Arsenal staff. Santi Cazorla is such an important asset to the team but with his continued absence, the club may have to move on without him.

I wish him a speedy recovery in his bid to gain full fitness.

Sayonara

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Good News on Injuries Ahead of Stoke Clash

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It’s another weekend and I’m looking forward to some Premier League action tomorrow! I know I’d miss most of the Saturday’s games because of a wedding I’m scheduled to attend but that the fun part in being in some BlackBerry groups like Gooner Daily, that would keep you updated all the way. I love that lot!

With the game against Stoke coming up tomorrow in front of the Emirates faithful, the feel good factor is back with the team scoring nine goals in their last two outings. It’s even more fun knowing that a goal can come from any position on the side, which is hugely encouraging, unlike some sides that leave the goalscoring burden for a player or two.

There have been a lot of injuries that disrupted the team this season and one can look no further than the influential Santi Cazorla that had a successful surgery and he’d be looking forward to a full recovery. The optimists believe he could be back in contention as early as March, but knowing Arsenal and the way our injury situation could be, I’d throw caution to the wind and give Santi enough time to recuperate before getting back to full fitness. In his absence, the likes of Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey can do a good job in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield.

There is good news on the injury front as the manager confirmed that Per Mertesacker, Hector Bellerin and the forgotten forward, Danny Welbeck, are back in training, so they will be in contention to join the side ahead of the vigorous festive period where the games come thick and fast. The club’s captain has kicked the ball just once this season, then suffered a knee injury that has sidelined him for the best part of four months, but in Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel Paulista and the ever-impressive Rob Holding, Mertesacker’s absence hasn’t been felt at all. Many fans even feel that it would be very difficult for the BFG to return to the starting XI. I’m pleased to know that a player of his immense qualities and leadership will be available for selection once again, so the onus is on the manager to find a way to integrate him back to the side. It’s worth noting that the Kostafi combination has been a colossus at the back.

Hector Bellerin is a player that has grown from strength to strength in the team, and his appearance in the Team of the Year last season was a testament of how improved he had been. Since taking the mantle after Matt Debuchy suffered an unfortunate injury, Bellerin has not looked back and he has excelled under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. He suffered an ankle injury for the Spanish youth side in the last international break, and the team looked to Carl Jenkinson to fill in the void, as Debuchy continued to struggle with fitness. However, the young Englishman suffered ‘confidence issues’ and the boss had resorted to Gabriel to put a shift there while Bellerin works his way back to full fitness. He also signed a new contract recently that would keep him at the club for quite some time, and that news has been taken well by the fans.

On Welbeck, it seems the team has forgotten he exists but he will always be fondly remembered to two iconic moments in his fledgling Arsenal career;

  • The match winning goal in the 2014/15 FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United at Old Trafford and
  • That late late header against Leicester City last season in February.

He suffered a knee injury in April and missed Euro 2016, and it must have been hard for the lad seeing his teammate strut their stuff on the pitch, while he spends countless hours with the physios working his way up the fitness chain. Hearing that Welbeck is in training again makes me happy, because he’s a player with very good potential and I’m confident he can actualize it at the Emirates.

A full Stoke preview comes up tomorrow.

Sayonara.

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The Beast Called Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez scored a brace in Chile's 3-1 win over Uruaguay

injury? What injury?

So we heard the news that Alexis Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury in the Chile camp and had to sit out the stalemate against Colombia. Without their talisman, the Chileans put up a dogged defensive display and earned themselves one point. That game was a rough as you’d ever see, as I saw players tackle the hell outta each other.

Then they said he was going to be out for six weeks. Trust Arsenal fans and their panic attacks. Some fantasy football managers even sold the Chilean maverick, as many as 96, 651. His value even dropped by 0.1m but I didn’t care. I trusted my Alexis to be the beast he is and shake off the injury. Then I saw how other footballers ‘pulled out’ from their national teams due to injury scares but not Alexis. He was determined to play for the South American champions in their crucial home clash against Uruguay.

That determination payed off as the Chilean brought his A-game for his nation, scoring two well taken goals in the 3-1 win against Uruguay.

That win has put Chile in fourth place with 20 points, behind table toppers, Brazil, that are on 27 points (won six in a row) as well as Uruguay (23 points) and Ecuador (20 points).

Alexis returns to England to catch a few days rest before playing for the Gunners in the all-important clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford. There are many demons that need to be banished on Saturday. First off, Arsenal hasn’t won a game in the league on that ground since 2006. Thanks to Danny Welbeck, the Gunners sealed an FA Cup victory there two season’s ago. The Gunners record on that ground is simply shambolic and Arsene Wenger’s head to head against Jose Mourinho is pathetic to say the least.

However, the Gunners can know that they would have one of their best players available for selection this weekend.

The beast called Alexis Sanchez.

Sayonara.

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