Arsenal fans fear the worst following injury blow
The Spaniard has not been seen since he picked up a knock in the Gunners’ 6-0 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League on October 19.
The initial prognosis was not thought to have been very serious, but doubts grew when manager Arsene Wenger continued to admit uncertainty over Cazorla’s return.
On Thursday, the fans’ biggest fears were confirmed when Arsenal released a statement announcing that the 31-year-old requires surgery to cure the problem.
“Santi Cazorla is travelling to Sweden early next week to undergo surgery to his right ankle.
“The club’s medical team and specialists have decided that surgery is required to the plantaris tendon in the Spain international’s right foot.
“Everyone at the club will be working hard with Santi to make sure he’s back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Cazorla will miss the crucial festive schedule, which includes Premier League games against Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.
Arsenal are currently fourth in the table, three points adrift of leaders Chelsea and have not been beaten in the top flight since their opening-day loss to Liverpool on August 14.
As expected, supporters have been left in despair at the news, with many predicting that the club’s title campaign is over with five months left to go.
Some have taken to Twitter to vent their anger, while others believe that it will give other players an opportunity to shine.