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Injury Update: Santi Cazorla not returning this year

Arsene Wenger has offered the latest update on Santi Cazorla’s fitness situation heading into the final week of November.

Beginning this season, Arsenal have been without some key players but have managed the absence of those players very well with the large squad in Arsene Wenger’s purview.

One of the stars currently sidelined is Santi Cazorla who last made an appearance in the 6-0 victory over Ludogorets in October.

Cazorla has been struggling with a niggling Achilles problem and this has led him traveled to Spain to seek a permanent solution.

With Cazorla’s return date still very much unclear, the Arsenal manager insists he has a “gut feeling” about when the 31-year-old could play again.

“Look, I’ve given a bit up on that,” Wenger said at his pre-match press-conference.

“I don’t know how far he is. He looks like he’s making progress but, as long as the player is not in full-time training with the squad, it’s difficult to set targets.

“It’s not a big injury that will harm his future. My gut feeling is it will be short, two weeks, but when a player comes back to full training it still takes two weeks for a player to be ready again.”

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