Arsenal’s style and dominance against their opponents thrives on the ability of the midfielders to retain possession, while offering threats in attack with their creative and dissecting passes.
At the start of this season, Arsenal failed to win their Premier League opener but bounced back with a 14 game unbeaten run before conceding defeats to Everton and Man City in the League in Decemeber.
The poor and shambolic form of the Gunners has been attributed to the absence of their midfielder Santi Cazorla, who picked up an Achilles injury in their Champions League game against Ludogrets back in October.
The diminutive midfielder was ruled out of action until the end of this season but emerging reports/update on his return date is far from encouraging. Tuttomercato web claims Cazorla will not even return to training until October, when the season would have been full blown.
Cazorla had missed the most part of the penultimate season with similar injury but it seem worse this time. The Spaniard was flown to Sweden for an operation in December and has had scar clearing procedure on his ankle.
On his return from the surgery, Wenger had claimed that he would return before the close of the season and March was marked for his return. However, Cazorla’s healing and recovery has been slow and he would most certainly be out of action for a year.
Wenger has an opportunity to bolster his squad in the summer but it is left to be seen if he’ll sign a player in the mold Cazorla. People have argued that Ozil thrives with Cazorla in Arsenal’s side but with or without that, we have missed Cazorla sorely.