Saturday, 27 January 2018

Wenger Refuses To Rule Out New Arsenal Deal For Cazorla

The player has been out of action for Arsenal since October 2016.
Arsene Wenger has not ruled out offering Santi Cazorla a new contract as long as he 'is fit and ready to play' despite the horrific injuries the international Spaniard has suffered since 2016.

The 33-year-old footballer has been under the knife ten times since 2016 --his last (10th) operation being just seven weeks ago.

Cazorla revealed in a recent interview that an infection had resulted in surgeons removing eight centimeters of tendon from his ankle.

And with his contract expiring this summer and no extension offered yet by the club, Cazorla is now fighting to save his Arsenal career.

Asked whether Cazorla will be offered a new deal, Wenger said:
"That depends on his medical availability at the top level.

 "We have to assess that until the end of the season - if Santi is fit and available to play, then yes. Of course, we have to see that."
Asked if the 33-year-old will make it back to the top level, the Frenchman said:
"That is why I tell you it is a complicated situation because first of all we love him, second of all he is a great football player.

"But the third situation is that you need to be healthy today to play at the intensity that is needed in the Premier League. So we have to see if he can absorb that or not. 

 "I sent him a message two weeks ago and wished him well, hoping to see him soon. He has not come back yet because he has just had surgery. 

"The medical people know much better than I do whether he will play again in 2018 before the end of the season. Before the end of the season will be hard for him."
Wenger does not expect the 33-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Malaga for £10m (N5.8bn) in 2012, to make an appearance this season.

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